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THE BUDDHA DELIVERS HIS FIRST SPIRITUAL TEACHING

11636. LARGE SEATED BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. Beautiful sensitively carved figure of the Buddha seated in teaching posture (Dharmachakra asana) on a dais with half closed eyes, his left hand grasping the hem of his robe which flows gracefully from his left shoulder down over his body, his hair drawn up into the Buddhist ushnisha topknot. Height 29 inches. Losses to right hand and knee but all original condition with no repair or restoration. On custom stand. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection.

The teaching pose of the Buddha represents him in the act of delivering his first spiritual teaching to a small group of disciples upon his attainment of enlightenment.

$35,000