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A Monumental Gray Schist Head of Buddha
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A Monumental Gray Schist Head of Buddha

GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

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A Monumental Gray Schist Head of Buddha
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century
Crisply carved with ovoid face, heavy-lidded almond shaped eyes beneath arched brows, moustache and bow-shaped mouth, the wavy hair gathered in a domed topknot tied with a twisted rope band, with a recessed circular urna
19 in. (48.2 cm.) high

Lot Essay

Slightly larger than life size, this head is an outstanding example of the technical abilities of Gandharan sculptors. The gentle features are contrasted by crisply carved wavy strands of hair, and the softly modeled, thick moustache, is characteristic for many Gandharan Buddha images; for another example in the Pan-Asian Collection, of similar size and treatment of the facial features, see P. Pal, The Sensuous Immortals, 1977, cat. no. 7.
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