Figure of an atlant
- 3rd–4th century CE
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Overall: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2in. (17.2 x 14 x 8.9cm.)
- Arts of Asia
- 306 HINDU GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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This figure is an architectural support in the form of a winged strong man called an "atlant." The term atlant refers to any carved stone architectural support in the form of a muscular, robust male figure. The atlant (plural: atlantes) is named after the Greek god Atlas, who holds the sky up with his arms, head, and shoulders. The atlant motif originated in ancient India, Greece, and the Near East. In the art and architecture of Gandhara, atlantes are male figures of great strength whose arms are occasionally supplemented with wings.
Robert Warren Clark, "Figure of an atlant," in The Arts of India, South East Asia, and the Himalayas, Anne R. Bromberg (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 43.