Afghanistan, probably from Hadda
Clay or terracotta, garnet
H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm), W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm), D. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Purchase, 1986 (1986.2)
This bodhisattva head gives a sense of the high level of refinement that Afghan artists achieved in this medium. Thin layers of clay were added over a core to build up the face; traces of the final coat are visible on the cheek and forehead. The curls of hair at the top were likewise applied separately to a substructure, part of which is visible. The inset garnet eyes, an extremely rare feature, give the image great presence, as does the idealized yet naturalistic treatment of the face.