Head of Buddha

Date: 5th–6th century

Culture: Afghanistan (probably Hadda)

Medium: Stucco with traces of paint

Dimensions: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1930

Accession Number: 30.32.5


The well-preserved surface and traces of paint provide an idea of what this head looked like when it was being used in worship. The abstracted treatment of the eyes and the intersecting plains defining forehead, eyebrows, and nose are stylistic features shared with imagery produced in north India during the Gupta period. The fact that this north Indian way of presenting the Buddha had penetrated into Afghanistan suggests a shared Buddhist tradition.