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AS1408

A Gandhara Schist Head of a Devotee, ca 1st century BC/AD

from a larger frieze of fine grey schist, the lavishly mustached head inclined to the left, and wearing an elaborate headdress.  

Reference:  Carolyn Woodford Schmidt " Aristocratic Devotees in Early Buddhist Art from Greater Gandhara: Characteristics, Chronology, and Symbolism", South Asian Stud 21 2005.

Condition: fragmentary, condition commensurate with age with minor loss to the nose, some mineral accretion especially inside the crevices, nicely carved and presents very well.   Museum quality custom mount.

Dimensions:  Width:  4 inches (10.16 cm),  Height:  3 inches (7.62 cm ) without mount. 

Provenance:   Private Woodbury, Connecticut collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent. 

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