Winged Figure

Place Made:
Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara
3rd century
15-3/4 x 14 x 7 in. (40 x 35.6 x 17.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

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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