Youthful head of a Bodhissatva with superbly modeled asymmetries. The protruding left side of the face together with the falling line of the eyes and of the mouth make the head appear bent to the right.
The yellow-ochre face shows black eyebrows and faint red pigment on the swollen eyelids which close the eyes to slits. Traces of red also appear on the sensitively modeled fleshy mouth. A red dot on the forehead, the so-called urna, symbolizes enlightenment and wisdom.
The oval face is framed by wavy curls tightened below the unisha on top. The pierced elongated earlobes appear from below the hairdo.
The Buddhist style of Gandhara is reminiscent of Greek Hellenistic sculpture.
Gandhara, 3rd/4th century AD.
H. 6.5 cm (2.55 in), H. with stand 13.3 cm (5.2 in).
Very expressive fragment of a relief, broken at the neck level. Loss to the nose and highpoints with minor abrasion. Well preserved original polychromy. Unisha partially worn.
Art market USA (date will be provided to the buyer)