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Item:192983279627100% authentic antique, 3-4th Century A.D., Greco Buddhism Artifact, Vajrapani Buddha Head from the Ancient Gandhara/Gandharan Region. The item exhibits Vajrapani in the Hellenistic (Greek) influence. According to Mahayana Buddhism, Vajarapani is the protector of Buddha and is known for having will and supernatural power to defeat bad spirits and bad people. In Gandhara, Vajrapani was made in the appearance of Greek-God Heracles (Please see last photo for reference). The item was made from stucco. Using of stucco had been mastered by the Roman Empire and reached Gandharan area through the ancient silk road that linked Europe and Asia. The style, craftsmanship, material, and aging of this item are genuine of the Gandharan. Height without Stand:12 cm. Height with Stand: 19 cm. The stand is detachable. Shipping and Handling We will have professional shipper to ship the item with tracking no. provided. 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 dutycalculator.com. 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 Gandhara Gandhara was an ancient kingdom covering valley and plateau regions of Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan. In 327 B.C, King Alexander the Great led the Greeks to conquer Persia and then Gandhara area. Then some of Alexander troops settled there and developed a remote Greek colony. Later, Kushan Empire took over the Gandhara area, with its peak of the empire during the reign of King Kanishka the Great, 127 AD. Around 1st Century AD, 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 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.Condition:Original. No repair., Material:Stucco
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Lovely Authentic 3-4th Century A.D. Gandhara 犍陀罗 Vajrapani Buddha Head