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Head of a Buddha

Asian Art

Representing Buddhist culture at the crossroads of Asia, these two heads, one of a Buddha and the other of a monk, are among the vast numbers of surviving Gandhara stucco and clay images, many still showing traces of their original coloring. Typically modeled to convey his solemn expression, the idealized portrait of a monk was part of a terra-cotta relief panel depicting a narrative scene of the Buddha preaching. Also an idealized image, the head of a Buddha is purported to be from the stupa at Hadda, near Jalalabad in Afghanistan. It is modeled in stucco, on a mud core, a technique used for sculpture at certain sites in the Gandhara region as an alternative to stone.

MEDIUM Stucco with polychrome decoration
DATES 3rd-5th century
DIMENSIONS height: approximately 8 in.
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1995.135
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner
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