Head of a Bodhisattva, Gandhara, 4th century, Terracotta
Lot 33
A terracotta head of a bodhisattva Ancient region of Gandhara, 4th century
Sold for US$ 13,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
Head of a Bodhisattva, Gandhara, 4th century, Terracotta
A terracotta head of a bodhisattva
Ancient region of Gandhara, 4th century
The ovoid face with well-defined features with a short moustache and flowing locks at the sides, under an elaborate headdress with a peaked diadem bound by a jeweled band with a large jewel at the center, the angular center section is adorned on the left with a fragmented figure within a cloth rolled cloth frame.
10 ½ in. (26.7 cm) high

Footnotes

  • The style and arrangement of the turban suggests this would have been a donor figure. For a similar terracotta head from the Robert Ellsworth collection (see Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter, Buddha in Indien, Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 1995, fig. 199. For a terracotta Bodhisattva head with similar repoussé plaques, see Treasures from the Silk Road: Devotion, Conquest and Trade along Asia's highways, Spink, London, 1999, no. 15.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, New York
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