Head of the Buddha
Ca. 3rd century
Polychrome stucco
38.5 cm (15 ¼ in)

This larger-than life sized stucco sculpture of the head of the Buddha shows close stylistic affinities with early stucco production from Gandharan sites at Taxila (modern day Western Pakistan). The Buddha has a serene expression: his heavy-lidded, almond shaped eyes, high-arching brows and full lips are sensitively modelled and highly expressive. His heart-shaped face is framed by elongated ears, and his wavy hair is pulled back into a top knot over the ushnisha.Traces of pigment are visible especially on the lips and brow.