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Authentic 6th Century A.D. Life Size Gandhara Buddha Head, Stucco

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Seller: acmer (74) 100%, Location: Klongsan District, BA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192011763089 100% authentic antique, 6th Century A.D. Sakayamuni Gautama Buddha Head from the Ancient Gandhara/Gandharan Region. The sculpture is a life-size, museum-quality item with tasteful art from Hellenistic Greco Buddism. With full head and body, the full stucco sculpture might stand around 7 feet tall, placed on the side of a large monumental stupa. The sculpture's posture is in weight shift or contrapposto (right shoulder is slightly lifted) which is characteristic of Classical Statues (Greek and Roman). In my opinion, this sculpture may also receive some characteristic from Gupta Empire (see last photo), which was located in North India, adjacent to the Gandhara. Referred to the Book: The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sculptures of the monumental size were mostly made with stucco, starting from 4th century onward. Using of stucco had been mastered by the Roman Empire and reached Gandharan area through the ancient silk road that linked Europe and Asia. In Gandhara area especially Afghanistan, heads were often made of stucco while body made of un-fired clay. Over the 1,500 years, only the stucco has survived. Two photos (prior the last photo) show the example of Bodhisattva stucco currently exhibited at museums in New York and in Taxila. This item was originally dug in the ground. Heat and rain water coming through the soil over years might have made the surface to become as shown in the pictures. And color of the soil also deposits onto the stucco, making it reddish looking. The style, craftsmanship, material, and aging of this item are genuine of the Gandharan. Width 25 cm. Height without Stand 42 cm. Height with Stand 54 cm. The stand can be detached. Shipping and Handling We will have professional shipper to ship the item via ocean. Payment We accept PayPal only. Please make your payment within 7 days. Import Tax In buyer's country, buyer is responsible for the import duties, taxes, and charges. You can find more duty information at We will write the sales price on the invoice unless you contact us. If you want us to declare differently or write lower cost on the invoice, please let us know when make your payment. Please understand that you may lose insurance coverage in that case. --------------------------- About GandharaGandhara was the area of ancient kingdoms covering valley and plateau regions of Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan. In 327 B.C, King Alexander the Great conquered this area and some of his troops settled and developed remote Greek colony cities. Around 1st century A.D. Kushan Empire, a nomad tribe, took control of the Gandhara, with its peak of the empire during the reign of King Kanishka the Great. 1st century A.D, Taxila city in the Gandhara was the center of Greco-Buddhism Art and also the center of Mahayana School of Buddhism (The Great Vehicle School) that later spread on into China, Korea, and Japan. The first Buddhist text in Chinese language was translated by Kushan person that immigrated into Western China. We can see Gandhara influence in Chinese's Northern Wei Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, as well as Japanese's Nara Era. Gandhara was mentioned in various ancient Chinese records from Han to Tang Dynasty. Monk Xuan Zang of Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D) recorded in the his renowned Journey to the West, about the Kushan Buddhist Kingdom in Today's northern Afghanistan. Gandhara was dissolved from 8th century AD (no more Buddhist artifacts were created) after waves of Hunnic and Muslim invasions. Around 4th century A.D. was also the time that Gupta Empire arose to power in Northern India. The Gupta Empire is generally regarded as the Golden Age of India. The Buddhist art, Buddha statues from the time of the Gupta Empire became localized and differentiated from the Gandhara. Buddha statues from the Gupta Empire became the model for later buddha statues in other empires in India, Sri Langka, and Southeast Asia countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Condition: Original. No repair. Wearing from aging as shown in the picture., Material: Stucco

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