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Central Asian Antiquities

Head of a Bodhisattva

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Head of a Bodhisattva
3rd - 4th Century A.D.

Place of origin: Miran, Xinjiang, China
Materials: Stucco
Dimensions: Height : 26 cm
Acc. No. M.xv.015 (99/7/26)

Well modelled life-size head of a Bodhisattva. The wavy hair of this figure fall symmetrically on either side of his forehead and face. The face expresses calm and contemplative mood by showing the half closed eyes (as in meditation). It also shows thick lips and long nose. Style of the hair and the facial features of the figure exhibit strong Hellenistic influence. It shows strong features of naturalism and picturesque ness which can be seen into this stucco object. These elements were introduced into Art after the death of Alexander the great, and continued to vibrate the Art world. Since, Alexander was from Hellenes the art was known as Hellenistic.

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