This remarkable head of Buddha comes from the ancient kingdom of Gandhara (current Eastern Afghanistan~Northern Pakistan), which lasted from the first millennium BC to the 11th century AD. That kingdom was located in a region that has known many influences throughout its history; it was the easternmost part of Alexander the Great’s empire, and at his peak during from the 1st century to the 5th century, Gandhara was ruled by kings who were devoted Buddhists, the Kushan kings, and under whom a wonderful fusion of Greek and Buddhist art was allowed to flourish.
This head is a wonderful example of the timeless beauty of that art, which is made in stucco, and dating from the 3rd. century A.D., it is in excellent condition, considering its age with serene face, hellenistic lines, bow-shaped mouth and full lips beneath an aquiline nose, arched eyebrows in relief and heavy-lidded almond eyes.
Size: 17 cm in height with wooden custom stand