Head of a Buddha
Representing Buddhist culture at the crossroads of Asia, these two heads, one of a Buddha and the other
of a monk, are among the vast numbers of surviving Gandhara stucco and clay images, many still showing traces of their original coloring. Typically modeled to convey his solemn expression, the idealized portrait of a monk was part of a terra-cotta relief panel depicting a narrative scene of the Buddha preaching. Also an idealized image, the head of a Buddha is purported to be from the stupa at Hadda, near Jalalabad in Afghanistan. It is modeled in stucco, on a mud core, a technique used for sculpture at certain sites in the Gandhara region as an alternative to stone.
Stucco with polychrome decoration
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Purchased with funds given by Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner
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Head of a Buddha, 3rd-5th century. Stucco with polychrome decoration, height: approximately 8 in. Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner, 1995.135. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.135_SL1.jpg)
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