Head of a Male (Primary Title)

Unknown, Chinese, ca. 1900-1500 (Artist)

4th-5th century
Gandhara, possibly the region of Hadda, Afghanistan
Overall: 8 1/4 × 6 × 5 3/8 in. (20.96 × 15.24 × 13.65 cm)
The Kushan-period sculptural production of Gandhara was stylistically very different from that of Mathura. The impassive and idealized countenance of this Gandharan figure contrasts with the warmth and inner vitality of the Mathura faces. Working in stucco,a type of plaster, the sculptor formed the face with molds and then fashioned the hair by hand. This head would then have been attached to a body made of a simple concrete and covered with stucco. The entire image was probably tinted with bright colors.
Kushan period
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Paul Mellon
Dye, Joseph M. The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. London: Philipp Wilson, 2001. (cat. no. 12, p. 103)
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