FINE GANDHARAN TERRACOTTA HEAD OF BODDHISATTVA

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Measurements: 9 cm - height

 

Description: A finely carved fragmentary terracotta head of a Bodhisattva, displaying well-defined features under an elaborate headpiece, constructed of ribbons and jewels.

 

The Bodhisattva is modelled in classical Gandharan style and displays several of the characteristic auspicious marks, laksanas, of Buddhism: these include the forehead mark, urna, and the elongated earlobes. With small mouth, slender nose, crisp, planar intersection of forehead and eyes, and wavy locks of hair, this idealized image of a Bodhisattva bears all the classical features of Greek-inspired Gandharan sculptures.

 

Period: Gandhara, circa 2nd - 4th Century A.D

 

Condition: Very fine condition, intact and complete with signs of aging on the surface. Mounted on a purpose-made stand.

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