Maker unknown, Gandharan

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Description

Buddha Head Fragment
ca. 2-4th century CE
grey schist
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
The first images of the Buddha that appear in anthropomorphic form are from Mathura and Gandhara (present day Pakistan). Typical characteristics of a Gandharan Buddha is wavy hair with a top-bun that represents an ushnisha, downcast eyes, and elongated ears. Gandhara was in the center of the trade route between the south, east and west, which allowed for a style now described as Indo-Greek, hence the appearance Buddha’s Apollo-like youthfulness merged with an Indian religious subject matter. This Buddha exemplifies the standard for sculptures of the Buddha of this region and period.

Creator

Maker unknown, Gandharan

Source

Grace H. Dreyfus Collection

Identifier

1981.115

Citation

Maker unknown, Gandharan, “Maker unknown, Gandharan,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 3, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4924.