Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Barakat Gallery the Gandhara Schist Sculpture of a Bodhisattva

Gandhara Schist Sculpture of a Bodhisattva
3rd Century AD - 4th Century AD
33.625 inches high

In the Buddhist religion, Bodhisattvas are souls who have attained enlightenment and no 
longer need to reincarnate, but forsake nirvana and choose to come back to the earthly plane 
in order to alleviate the suffering of others. This stunning Gandharan sculpture of a Bodhisattva, 
created by the first culture to represent the Buddha in his human form, reveals that these  
spiritual beings were celebrated even then, as Buddhism began to spread from India eastwards. 

This Bodhisattva is depicted wearing elaborated modeled robes with carefully carved folds. 
He sports an elegant coiffure and is adorned in fine jewelry as was appropriate for a worldly
 incarnation of the Buddha. Originally, this sculpture probably stood in a niche on the exterior 
of a stupa or shine where it would have guided the masses on the path towards enlightenment.
For additional information and images please click on the image above.

A gracious and warm thank you to 
everyone that came out to celebrate 
the Grand Opening of Barakat Gallery 
West Hollywood with us.  

It was an unforgettable evening and a
wonderful opportunity for us to share the
collection with old friends and new.  Be
on the lookout for upcoming events and
exhibitions throughout the year.

To see additional images from the event

Barakat Gallery
London: 58 Brook Street, Mayfair, London +442074937778 
Beverly Hills: 421 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California +14242395840
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West Hollywood: 941 N La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90069 +13108598408

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