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Head of a laughing youth. Entirely in the round, the apparently shaven head, with the usual type of hairline, has four locks of hair curving from the crown, one each onto the front, back and sides, and their ends, except for the summarily worked lock at the back, curl. The curving eyebrows are thin ridges and the open eyes have well-defined lids. The nose is straight and pointed with pierced nostrils, the mouth curves unevenly, revealing a row of upper teeth; at the corners are deep depressions, and a distinct labio-nasal fold accentuates the modelling of the cheeks. The chin has a bold protuberance, the well-made ears project unevenly and their short lobes may contain round plugs.
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Diameter: 15 centimetres
Height: 19.20 centimetres
Width: 16 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
This face is unusually free for Gandhāra and the joyful uninhibited expression and mouth in particular show great realism. Note the four, rather than the expected three strands on the shaven head. This is one of the three clay pieces in this catalogue: see also BM 1880.106 and BM 1880.122.
While making stylistic reference to the still undiscovered site of Rokhri, Errington suggests an attribution to Taxila as the likeliest on stylistic grounds and considerations of archaeological history. With the recent (1849) annexation to the Panjab of the Peshawar valley a source in Gandhāra proper might have been possible, although no site there has suggested comparable work.
- On display (G33/dc50b/s3)
- 1.Clay, broken, cracked and with vestiges of slip and soil incrustation.
2.Broken unevenly at neck and pierced off-centre accommodating wooden rod of modern mount; cracks running along top and back.
3.In front, surface may have been covered in pigment or slip.
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