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Head of a Buddha

Period:
late Gupta period
Date:
late 5th–early 6th century
Culture:
India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)
Medium:
Red sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris Rubin, in memory of Harry Rubin, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.236.1
  • Description

    This head from a nearly lifesize figure of the Buddha reflects the late Gupta artistic idiom. In an effort to represent the Buddha’s enlightenment and his inward-looking meditative nature, the artist abstracted and idealized his physical features, especially evident in the articulation of the eyes and the intersecting convex planes of his cheeks and forehead.

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