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.

Date

ca. 2-4th century CE

Creator

Maker unknown, Gandharan

Source

Grace H. Dreyfus Collection

Identifier

1981.115

Citation

Maker unknown, Gandharan, “Maker unknown, Gandharan,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed July 23, 2024, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4924.