part of an aureole

grey schist
Gandhara region, ca. 3rd cent.
high: 61 cm; wide 24 cm.

Th aureole originally consisted of two or three parts, fit together with a bronze or iron clasp. Very rarely the aureoles of seated or standing Buddhas are adorned with  adorants. See for instance: Isao Kurita, Gandharan Art, II, The World of the Buddha, p. 83, nr 212; p. 84, nr. 213.

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