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Head of Buddha
NMA Object 14
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This Buddha head from the famous site of Hadda represents the unique characteristics of the Gandharan school of art.

History of the Object
This stucco representation of Buddha’s head features almond-shaped prominent eyes with semi-closed eyelids. Its ears would have had hanging earlobes, but are currently missing. The nose, slightly twisted lips, hair in wavy indentation and the ushnisha on top of his skull is very elegantly done. From its quite rough surface, it is assumed to have been gilded in the first place.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Stucco 
Measurements
Height; 17.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nangarhar 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 2nd century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
2nd -5th century CE, Kushan period  
Function
Religious purpose 
Acquisition
Excavated from Hadda site in the province of Nangarhar by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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