Gandharan / Head of a Man / Kushan period, 2nd-3rd centuryGandharan
Head of a Man
Kushan period, 2nd-3rd century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Dates/Places: Gandharan
Creator Active Place: Gandharan
Creator Name-CRT: Gandharan
Title: Head of a Man
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Creation Start Date: 100
Creation End Date: 299
Creation Date: Kushan period, 2nd-3rd century
Creation Place: Pakistan, Gandhara area
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Schist
Dimensions: H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: Asia Society
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1993.001
Credit Line: Asia Society: Estate of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller
Context: Once part of a full statue, this small head of a man illustrates an interest in portraiture in the art of Gandhara, one of two major centers of Kushan culture. Portraits of the Kushan rulers are found on coins and freestanding sculptures; individuals arealso depicted as donors or attendants in narrative scenes from the life of Shakyamuni and in those representing worship of the Buddha. It seems likely that this head was once part of such a scene. The fleshiness and maturity of the face and the accurate depiction of his receding hairline reflect the Roman interest in nonidealized portraiture and attest to the continuing influence of Western traditions on the art of Gandhara, introduced to the region when it was conquered by Alexander the Great in the 4thcentury BCE.
Related Document Description: Rosenfield, John M. The Dynastic Arts of the Kushans. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967, fig. 71.
AMICA ID: ASIA.1993.001
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, Asia Society

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