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12"Gandharan Buddha Head Stucco Fragment 2nd CenturyAD W/ Papers(Authenticated)

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Seller: niceoldstuffantiques (981) 100%, Location: West Hollywood, California, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 361826375048 This piece is fragile due to age : I prefer local pickup The incomplete fragment head measures 12" tall and 14" wide. With the base 15" tall and the base is 7.5 " wide. It is 1/2 a head or fragment.It is in good condition and mounted on lucite.The paper work says " A finely modeled stucco head of Buddha of important size, the features crisply delineated in an expression of calm serenity.The piece was featured in Architectural digest in November 1971. The magazine and paperwork will be included.This is 2nd century or 3rd century AD. This piece was acquired by a family member from an antiquities dealer. it has had one owner. Gandara is the ancient name of a region in northwest Pakistan bounded on the west by the Hindu Kush mountain range and to the north by the foothills of the Himalayas. In 330 B.C., Alexander the Great conquered this region and, together with the Indo-Greek kings that succeeded him, introduced Classical traditions that became an important part of Gandahara's artistic taste over the next seven centuries.Buddhism probably reached Gandhara as early as the third century B.C.; by the beginning of the second century B.C., archaeological remains begin to appear. It is not until the first century A.D., however, that this new religion received significant local patronage. Typically, a Buddhist center was comprised of monastic housing adjacent to a public sacred area that had at its center a stupa (a solid domed structure) containing relics of the Buddha.It has been authenticated by Christies, Southebys, Bonhams, Doyle. Material: Stucco, Provenance: original sale paper and owned by a relative

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