11. Gandharan relief panel
Ancient region of Gandhara (Northern Pakistan)
2nd – 3rd century
H. 30,8 cm or 12 1/8 in
Breathing life into the composition, Dipankara Buddha is carved with an elegant sway, as Indra's robes descend whimsically around his ankles to reveal his taught gluteus - the two representing an illuminating blend of Indian and Greco-Roman sculptural leitmotifs. The scene depicts what appears to be the most popular Jataka tale within the Gandharan archeological record. Here, the first of Shakyamuni's previous incarnations, a young Brahman named Sumati, is holding the obligatory Brahmanic water pot to Dipankara Buddha's right. He has gone to great lengths to shower the Buddha with a cluster of lotuses held in his upraised hand, impossible to find after the local king bought up all flower stalls for the official preparations of Dipankara Buddha's visit.
J.C. Moreau-Gobard, Paris, 1963
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Y. Lang
Sotheby's, New York, 21 & 22 March 1990, lot 199
Sotheby's, New York, 21 March 2002, lot 3
Private American Collection
Bibliography: Anasua Das in R.C. Sharma (ed.), Buddhism and Gandhara Art, New Delhi, 2004, pp.108-16.
Publication: Himalayan Art Resources item no.61557
Detail: alternate view