Gandharan Head of Buddha A finely carved  large grey schist head of Buddha Sakyamuni, probably once part of a large-scale nar.. Product #: FR-011 Regular price: $2,750.00 $2,750.00 In Stock
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Gandharan Head of Buddha

Product Code: FR-011
Length: 13CM
Width: 13CM
Height: 25CM

£2,750.00

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A finely carved  large grey schist head of Buddha Sakyamuni, probably once part of a large-scale narrative panel modelled in high relief:  the flat surface on the reverse indicates that the head was attached to a surface behind rather than free-standing. The remaining wall fragment probably formed part of the Buddha’s nimbus. The Buddha is modelled in classical Gandharan style and displays several of the characteristic auspicious marks, laksanas, of the Buddha: these include the prominent hair-knot, ushnisha and the forehead mark, urna. The figure’s ushnisha is the most important iconographic attribute of a Buddha and represents a physical manifestation...

A finely carved  large grey schist head of Buddha Sakyamuni, probably once part of a large-scale narrative panel modelled in high relief:  the flat surface on the reverse indicates that the head was attached to a surface behind rather than free-standing. The remaining wall fragment probably formed part of the Buddha’s nimbus. The Buddha is modelled in classical Gandharan style and displays several of the characteristic auspicious marks, laksanas, of the Buddha: these include the prominent hair-knot, ushnisha and the forehead mark, urna. The figure’s ushnisha is the most important iconographic attribute of a Buddha and represents a physical manifestation of the Buddha’s expanded wisdom gained at the time of his enlightenment. With small mouth, slender nose, crisp, planar intersection of forehead and eyes, and wavy locks of hair, this idealized image of a Buddha bears all the classical features of Greek-inspired Gandharan sculptures. Very fine condition, intact and complete with signs of aging on the surface. Mounted on a purpose-made standard.

Like much Gandharan stucco, this head was originally richly polychromed, and traces of black colour remain on the face and hair. The face was shaped from a mould: examples of such moulds have been found in excavations at Gandharan sites, which indicates such figures were manufactured at the monasteries where they were installed. However, the hair and other features were modelled by hand.

Gandhara is the ancient name of a region in northwest Pakistan bounded on the west by the Hindu Kush mountain range and to the north by the foothills of the Himalayas. In 330 BC Alexander the Great conquered this region and, together with the Indo-Greek kings that succeeded him, introduced classical traditions that became an important part of Gandhara’s artistic vocabulary over the next seven centuries. The Kingdom of Gandhara encompassed what is today the Northwest of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Trademarks of the Gandhara style are wavy hair, open eyes, the Greek profile and a pronounced mouth. The oval shape of the head, the curvature of the eyebrows, reminiscent of an Indian bow, the lotus-leaf-like shape of the eyes, as well as the ears – these are from Indian origin.

Period: Gandhara: Circa 1st - 2nd century A.D.

 

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