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Head from a Buddha image. The head is oval to long with a raised and centrally pointed hairline, and the hair is in vertical strips with transverse curves. The forehead is smoothly rounded; from the low rounded edges of the eyebrows a gently convex slope runs down to the lids of the long, rounded eyes. The upper lids are prominent and the edges of both upper and lower lids undulate close to one another, but the eyes nevertheless retain an open look. The thin, straight nose is almost pointed and has pierced nostrils. The mouth is shaped, the upper lip forms a point over the full lower lip and there are cavities at the corners. The chin is full and well-shaped. The long ears have short lobes and project evenly. There are traces of dark pigment on the hair and to indicate the irises and eyebrows; red pigment outlines the flange at the back, the ears, eyes, lips, the junction of the head and neck and lines on the neck itself, and is also on the lips.
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Diameter: 11.70 centimetres
Height: 16.10 centimetres
Width: 12 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
This beautifully worked head is distinguished by great attention to detail, with line and surface carefully distinct, and the eyes seem to have a life of their own.
- Not on display
- 1.Stucco, broken and with vestiges of pigment.
2.Broken at back; a flange shows junction with wall; at back of head and below neck rough even surface contains a few small stones but outer layer and core not distinct.
3.Shallow depression in place of uṣṇīṣa.
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- Acquisition notes
- The Chisholm collection is said to have originated mainly in the region of Attock, now in the NWFP.
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