Stucco Head of Buddha - 71/2" tall plus stand - light very old damage to nose, cheek, one ear, usnisa reattached. The piece measures 13" high including the wooded stand which is wood painted black. The head itself measures 7 1/2" tall and is 4 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" deep. A very beautiful piece that dates from the 3rd/4th century.
The Gandharan Empire was located in what is now largely occupied by North West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The art and sculpture of the region that has come to be known as Gandhara combines Hellenistic or Greco-Roman artistic techniques and modeling with Indian Buddhist iconography to create a recognizably Indian hybrid. By the end of the 1st century these aesthetic traditions had developed into a recognizable Gandharan style.
Sculpture in stone, usually Schist, are considered to predate those made from Stucco although both materials were used from an early date. Gandharan artists were concerned with the naturalistic modelling and the rendering of garments and embellishment in realistic detail.These works were largely destroyed by the Taliban in recent years - this one came out before their terrible regime was ended.