In contrast to early Buddhist art, which consisted mainly of relief sculpture, the art of the Kushan period (first to third century A.D.) saw the development of fully three-dimensional images of Buddhist deities. This fragment represents a bodhisattva, a divine being dedicated to helping other achieve freedom from suffering.
- Medium: Red sandstone
- Dates: ca. 2nd century
- Period: Kushan Period
- Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 7 1/16 in. (20.3 x 15.2 x 18 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of India, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 86.227.32
- Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head, ca. 2nd century. Red sandstone, 8 x 6 x 7 1/16 in. (20.3 x 15.2 x 18 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.32. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)