20 September 2007
A gray schist head of Buddha
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
The ovoid face well carved with almond-shaped eyes and pursed lips, the hair arranged in tight spiral curls, the details finely rendered and with a smooth polish
9½ in. (24 cm.) high
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For the treatment of the hair in spiral curls, see for example I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. II, 2003, fig. 238. The stone is of dark tone and finely polished.
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