Exhibitions/ Art Object

Head of a Buddha

late Gupta period
late 5th–early 6th century
India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)
Red sandstone
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris Rubin, in memory of Harry Rubin, 1989
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Beijing World Art Museum. "The Great Civilizations," October 1, 2006–February 28, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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