Description This stucco head once belonged to a Buddha sculpture that occupied either a shrine or a niche on the exterior of a stupa (a sacred mound encasing Buddhist relics). Although the characteristic bump on the crown of the Buddha’s head ("ushnisha") is now missing, the remainder of an elongated right earlobe confirms the figure’s identity. His facial features and wavy hair bear a connection to Greco-Roman sculpture—an artistic outcome of the political and mercantile ties that existed between ancient Gandhara and the Greco-Roman world. Hand-modeled with smooth stucco, the figure was once painted, and traces of pigments remain on the eyebrows, eyes, and lips.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002
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