Head of Buddha

Historical period(s)
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
School
Gandhara school
Medium
Schist
Dimensions
H x W x D: 27.5 x 17.8 x 16.5 cm (10 13/16 x 7 x 6 1/2 in)
Geography
Pakistan or Afghanistan
Credit Line
Gift of Ann and Alan Wolfe
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1989.19
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Afghanistan, Buddha, Buddhism, Kushan dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE), Pakistan, schist, ushnisha, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

This head of the Buddha, once framed by a halo and joined to a complete figure, would have been worshipped in a monastic shrine. The facial features and wavy hair show the Greek and Roman influences that arose through trade contacts with ancient Gandhara, an area now divided between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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