Meiji Bijutsu

Head of Buddha, Gandhara, 1st to 4th century AD

Head of Buddha, Gandhara, 1st to 4th century AD

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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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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. Made in stucco, and dating from the 1st to the 4th century AD, it is in great condition, considering its age. The Hellenistic lines, the topknot and the half closed position of the eyes combine to create a serene expression of a meditative Buddha. The red pigments remaining around the eyes and on the lips are rather rare and hint the artifact might have been more lavishly decorated in its past.

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Dimensions: 12 x 13.5 x 16.5 cm (4.8 x 5.4 x 6.6 in); with stand 12 x 13.5 x 40 (4.8 x 5.4 x 16 in)

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