Head of a Male (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

2nd century
Indian
red terracotta
Probably the vicinity of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Overall: 5 1/4 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 in. (13.34 × 8.26 × 6.99 cm)
92.17
(Together with 92.19)
Terra-cotta continued to be an important sculptural medium for many centuries in the Ganges Valley. These two heads were produced not far from the site where the Shunga-period plaques were crafted. Though their scale has increased dramatically and their features are more deeply articulated, these Kushan-period sculptures still seem to have been made with the use of a mold. Certain features, like the eyes and details of the headdresses, were incised after the heads wereremoved from the mold but before they were fired.
Kushan period
Written in blue on reverse, lower right: "N7180/92503"; written on adhesive sticker on bottom of mount: "V.M.F.A. / Richmond"; written on bottom of mount, top right corner: "65".
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. M. Bryant
Dye, Joseph M. The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. London: Philipp Wilson, 2001. (cat. no. 17, p. 108)
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