Gandharan Stucco Head

SKU LSO.225
Circa

100 AD to 300 AD

Dimensions

6″ (15.2cm) high x 3.5″ (8.9cm) wide

Medium

Stucco

Origin

Central Asia

Gallery Location

UK


 

In the region encompassing modern northeastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. Situated at a confluence of trading paths along the Silk Route, the area was flooded in diverse cultural influences ranging from Greece to China. Gandhara flourished under the Kushan Dynasty and their great king, Kanishka, who is traditionally given credit for spreading the philosophies of Buddhism throughout central Asia and into China. This period is viewed as the most important era in the history of Buddhism. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, the creation of Greco-Bactrian kingdoms, and the general Hellenization of the subcontinent, Western aesthetics became prominent. Greek influence began permeating into Gandhara. Soon sculptors based the images of the Buddha on Greco- Roman models, depicting Him as a stocky and youthful Apollo, complete with stretched earlobes and loose monastic robes similar to a Roman toga. The extraordinary artistic creations of Gandhara reveal link between the different worlds of the East and West. The present piece is beautifully sculpted and preserved, depicting the Buddha in calm reflection. – (LSO.225)

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