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Garland Holder with a Winged Celestial

mid-1st century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
Such volutes were affixed to the drums of small stupas to support garlands of flowers. These auspicious figures are among the earliest forms of sculptural embellishment found at Gandharan Buddhist sites.
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