Figural head of the Buddha - ROM2003_601_24


Figural head of the Buddha

Medium:Earthenware core with plaster surface
Geography: Attock or Taxila, Gandhara, Pakistan
Date: 3rd - 5th century AD
Period: Kushan Period
18.5 x 11.6 x 14 cm
Object number: 939.17.2
Credit Line: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund.
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionThis elegant head, with wavy hair and almond-shaped eyes, is among the earliest representations of the Buddha, a prince who lived in the sixth century BC and had given up material wealth to seek spiritual enlightenment. A much larger version is on display upstairs in the Ondaatje South Asian Gallery, part of a collection of early Buddhist objects acquired by ROM's founder Charles Currelly, from the dealer Ram Das in the 1930s. Such objects were admired by early museum professionals for their seeming combination of Eastern and Western aesthetics.
South Asia
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