Gandharan Head of a Bodhisattva


A finely carved large grey schist head of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, 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 it, rather than free-standing.

Date: Circa 2nd-4th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, intact and complete with signs of aging on the surface.

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Product Code: FP-43
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The Bodhisattva 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. 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. 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 elongated ears – these are from Indian origin.

To find out more about Gandharan art please see our relevant blog post: The Influence of Greek Art on Gandharan Statues.

Weight 5000 g
Dimensions L 19 x H 22 cm

Gandharan Ideology



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