Head of Buddha

Historical period(s)
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Gandhara school
H x W x D: 27.5 x 17.8 x 16.5 cm (10 13/16 x 7 x 6 1/2 in)
Pakistan or Afghanistan
Credit Line
Gift of Ann and Alan Wolfe
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist sculpture

Afghanistan, Buddha, Buddhism, Kushan dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE), Pakistan, schist, ushnisha, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

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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