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A Stucco Head of Buddha
A Stucco Head of Buddha

GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

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A Stucco Head of Buddha Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century The ovoid face crisply modeled with sweeping arched brows above the heavy lidded almond-shaped eyes, with aquiline nose and bow-shaped mouth, the hair arranged in incised wavy curls and surmounted by a domed topknot, some orange-red pigment remaining highlighting the hair, lips and ears, the face with a smooth cream-colored surface 9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high

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The present example is exceptionally finely modeled, with the urna originally likely inlaid with hardstone. Compare a stylistically related, but more fragmentary example, in W. Zwalf, A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, 1996, cat. no. 545.

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