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A Gandhara Stucco Head of Buddha with Polychrome Decoration.

A Gandhara Stucco Head of Buddha with Polychrome Decoration.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1332706

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A small stucco head in excellent condition, it dates to the 4th or 5th centuries CE and comes originally from one of the Buddhist monastic complexes in what is now Northwestern Pakistan or Eastern Afghanistan. It is very expressively modelled, conveying a sense of all-knowing compassion and gentleness. In this it is quite different from the run-of-the mill Buddhas which convey distance and power. Much of its original polychrome decoration remains. This is a very fine example. Height: 10.8 cm; width: 5.7 cm. Purchased in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1969. Condition: Intact and good, with normal surface wear from years of burial; no restoration.