Dan Banks – The bodhisattva Maitreya

I have been intrigued by the Grecian influence in this piece, particularly the facial characteristics and the garments. Alexander’s Indian campaign began in Gandhara in 326BC. This piece, dated in approximately that time, shows his influence. If you view the Asian’s collection in a time line, this is one of the first pieces you see. It gave me a great opportunity to teach my grandkids. I hope I was right.