Head of the Buddha

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    2nd century
  • Geography

    Pakistan or Afghanistan
  • Material

    Schist with traces of gold leaf
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (head): 32.1 x 19.2 x 24 cm (12 5/8 x 7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The head is a fragment with break lines at the neck and at the back of the head in a plane parallel to the face. Most striking about the head is its color. A fairly homogenous deep brown color covers the face and hair. More grey tones are seen on the break surfaces. Gilt surfaces are also present; the eye balls are completely covered and traces of gold are also seen on the lips, nose, ears, and cheeks.
  • Provenance

    From around 1967
    Mr. Richard Gross Kopf, from around 1967 [1]
    To 1998
    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (born 1929), New York City, to 1998
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in 1998
    [1] Mr. Richard Gross Kopf brought the object into the United States around 1967 (according to Curatorial Note 3, Vidya Dehejia, April 21, 1998, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Richard Gross Kopf
    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014)
  • Origin

    Pakistan or Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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