Head of a Buddha
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
The ancient domain known as Gandhara, located in modern-day Pakistan and Afghanistan, was settled by merchants of Mediterranean ancestry, some of whom converted to Buddhism. Early Buddha images from Gandhara differ dramatically from those made at the same time in the region that is now India. They have features derived from Greek and Roman sculpture, including wavy hair and long, straight noses.
Stucco with polychrome decoration
Purchased with funds given by Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner
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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