Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) / Architectural Bracket with Wrestlers / 2nd-3rd CenturyPakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Architectural Bracket with Wrestlers
2nd-3rd Century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Pakistani
Creator Name-CRT: Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Title: Architectural Bracket with Wrestlers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 100
Creation End Date: 300
Creation Date: 2nd-3rd Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: Schist
Dimensions: Overall: 16cm x 20.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.71
Credit Line: Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust
Style or Period: Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320
Context: Architectural Bracket with Wrestlers, AD 100s?200sPakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (about AD 50?320)SchistThe Karl B. Goldfield Trust 1998.71This stone relief depicts two wrestlers?a theme popular in ancient Greek and Roman art, which in turn influenced Gandharan art. Flourishing in the area that corresponds to today's Pakistan and northwest India, the distinctive Gandharan style developed in the aftermath of Alexander the Great's invasion of India (326 BC), which opened up trade between East and West.Youth, physical beauty, and fitness were virtues greatly admired in the ancient Greco-Roman world, as they were by the wealthy patrons of Gandharan art. Carved from a soft schist, a variety of soapstone, this deeply cut relief convincingly conveys the powerful musculature of the two athletes. The original context for this carving is unknown, although it may have been part of a staircase. Since Gandharan art was predominantly Buddhist, depictions of secular subjects like this were rather uncommon. The bracket thus adds a new dimension to the Cleveland museum's collection.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.71
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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