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Head of Buddha

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
In the fourth and fifth centuries, during the reign of the Gupta dynasty in northern India, sculptors formulated several of the features that would become standard for Buddha images. “Snail shell” curls replaced other hairstyles, and downcast eyes and a relaxed mouth became the norm. Smaller Buddha images in this style are known to have traveled to Thailand and other distant realms, where they were used as models for locally made icons.
MEDIUM Red sandstone
  • Place Made: Mathura, India
  • DATES 5th century
    PERIOD Gupta Period
    DIMENSIONS 13 × 7 1/2 × 7 in. (33 × 19.1 × 17.8 cm) mount (overall): 12 1/2 × 6 × 8 in. (31.8 × 15.2 × 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.178.4
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; before 1998, acquired by Rossi and Rossi, Ltd., London, United Kingdom; by 1998, purchased from Rossi and Rossi, Ltd. by Georgia and Michael de Havenon of New York, NY; 1998, gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Head of Buddha, 5th century. Red sandstone, 13 × 7 1/2 × 7 in. (33 × 19.1 × 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 1998.178.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.178.4_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 1998.178.4_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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