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Gandharan region, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Winged figure 3rd century Creation Notes: Kushan period (2nd century BCE-3rd century CE)
Materials & Technique: sculptures, schist stone
Dimensions: 21.0 h x 19.0 w x 8.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.109
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with art dealership Barling of Mount Street, London, 1977 or before
  • whch sold it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1977 for GBP 2,200

Hellenistic art had a strong influence on the early sculptures of Gandhara. In Greek architecture, sculpted figures were often used in place of columns used for architectural support. The flat top of this sculpture suggests that it may have fulfilled this function. Similar use of human figures also occurs in contemporaneous Indian sculpture, where they represent tree spirits and symbols of fertility.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label