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Winged Figure, 3rd century

Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara, 200-299
Schist
15-3/4 x 14 x 7 in. (40 x 35.6 x 17.8 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.17.17.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Winged male figures such as this superb example were used to support the bases of structures, such as stupas. While the figure is modeled on the classical character Atlas, who was condemned to support the globe with both arms, the Indian version is given wings and raises only one arm.


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