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* A large stucco head of a Buddha, Gandhara, ca. 3rd century AD

AS1801

A large and beautiful fragmentary sculpture of Buddha, showing the right side of the face with wavy hair, an arched brow line, almond-shaped eyes, gently sloping nose, and bow lips.

The western nature of the art of Gandhara can be understood in the context of the many Greek outposts founded across Asia by Alexander the Great (reigned 336–323 BC), who reached India in 327 BC. The Gandhara style exemplifies Indian Buddhist ideals combined with the best of the Greco-Roman artistic tradition as expressed by artists working on the fringes of the Hellenistic world.

Condition:   Fragmentary as shown on a custom mount.  In very good condition.

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Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired from the English trade in the 1990s.


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