Garland Holder with a Winged Celestial

Date: mid-1st century

Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

Medium: Schist

Dimensions: H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.142.213


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.