Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 16

Gandharan Stucco Head of a Donor, 4th-5th Century

$12,500

About

A sublime molded stucco head of a young male donor from the ancient region of Gandhara, 4th-5th century. The youthful nobleman sculpted in an idealized manner, with soft and kind features, a benign expression on his face. He wears a pleated turban wrapped around his head, and gazes outwards in a beatific manner from almond shaped eyes, a gentle smile on his lips. Remnants of pigments to the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Gandharan temples and monuments were often financed by wealthy nobles in the region. As a way to show gratitude, temples would often incorporate images of their donors into niches and depictions of stories of the Buddha. Mounted on a custom black metal stand. Height of head only: 8" The kingdom of Gandhara was a crossroads of cultures, being one of the last remnants of Alexander the Great's Empire, the inhabitants of the Greco-Bactrian Buddhist kingdom preserved Greek culture and heritage for centuries after the decline of the Greek Empire. During that time, they also absorbed the cultures and traditions of the Indo-Parthians whose land they inhabited, creating a unique blend of Eastern and Western art.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 6 in. (15.24 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Hellenistic (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-CraftedStucco,Cold-Painted
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    4th-5th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. A fragment of a larger image. In good condition for its age, with repairs and restorations as expected. Some original pigment remaining.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894712239113

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: Austin, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2001
1stDibs seller since 2010
141 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 2 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Dvaravati Stucco Buddha Head from Thailand
Located in Atlanta, GA
On offer is an early Buddha image from Dvaravati period (6-11th century) in Central Thailand. Made of stucco with an unfinished back suggesting its original use in architectural cont...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Thai Archaistic Antiquities

Materials

Stucco, Wood

Phoenician Bone Sphinx, 5th Century BC
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
Poenician bone Sphinx., 5th century BC. The figure is carved on a rectangular bone piece. The hybrid has the body of a lion, wings and a female head with striking facial features. Th...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Lebanese Other Antiquities

Materials

Bone

14th Century, Stone Bodhisattva Head, Ming Dynasty, Art of China
Located in Hong-Kong, HK
A high place of Buddhism, China is particularly interested in the images of the Buddha and those of his divinities. The Chinese sculptors have thus developed a sacred art of an a...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Other Antiquities

Materials

Stone

Late 14th Century, Stone Buddha Head, Yuan Dynasty, Art of China
Located in Hong-Kong, HK
The Mongols sought the knowledge and power of Buddhism practice during their conquest of regions in Central Asia. When Kublai Khan became the emperor of China, like his successors, h...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Other Antiquities

Materials

Stone

19th Century, Alabaster with Lacquer Buddha Head, Mandalay Period, Art of Burma
Located in Hong-Kong, HK
The sculptors of Burma have created a sacred, profane art of incomparable beauty and wealth Subjected to strict canons, the statuary of religious inspiration is nonetheless imprin...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Burmese Other Antiquities

Materials

Alabaster

14-16th Century Red and Gold Lacquer Marble Buddha Head, Pagan Period, Burma
Located in Hong-Kong, HK
The sculptors of Burma have created a sacred, profane art of incomparable beauty and wealth. Subjected to strict canons, the statuary of religious inspiration is nonetheless imprint...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Thai Antiquities

Materials

Marble

14th Century Sandstone with Red and Black Lacquer Lohan Head, Pagan Period,Burma
Located in Hong-Kong, HK
A place of Buddhism, Burma is particularly interested in the images of the Buddha and those of his worshipers. The Burmese sculptors have thus developed a sacred art of an astonis...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Burmese Antiquities

Materials

Sandstone

Prehistoric Stargazer Marble Head
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A small, Prehistoric Anatolian marble head of the kiliya type. Of highly stylized geometric form, the marble head is elliptical, with a faintly defined nose and sylphic ears percepti...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Turkish Prehistoric Antiquities

Materials

Marble

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery