Very handsome and attractive small head of Buddha, GANDHARA, 2-3rd Century, Grey Schist.
The youthful face is well defined with handsome features following a classical Hellenistic-Greek style. The crescent shaped hair is toped by a raised ushnisha and a small urna is between the delicately arched eyebrows. The ear has a large pierced lobe. The nose and earlobe are slightly chipped, but inconsequential when
considering the overall beauty of the exceptional face. This sidewards looking sculpted head was originally set/attached to a panel and therefore the ear on the other side is missing. Size: H. 6 cm (2.3") without the stand, with the stand 14.2 cm. (5.6"). Fragmentary precious modeling. Remains of the original white pigment in the cavities. Provenance: Swiss private collection.