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Gandhara Stone Head of Buddha - PF.4825
Origin: Afghanistan
Circa: 200 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 9.375" (23.8cm) high
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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Description
This beautiful head seems to have emerged from the raw stone as if by a divine act. It is like an apparition, a face so serene it might appear in the clouds, or in the vision of someone very devout. The tranquil eyes look upwards towards heaven. The eyelids seem to flutter in a trance of revelation, or the bliss of a holy person in touch with God. The lips are delicate and beautifully carved, appearing as if about to speak. A slight trace of a smile reminds us of the compassion and strength of the great Buddha. Upon his head is an exquisite headdress composed of a band of 'beads' along the forehead, and a crown of a sacred lily in the center. The otherworldly presence of this sculpture is suitable to a person who was both a man and divine being, whose image and presence gives us strength in the trials of every day life. - (PF.4825)

 

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