Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a Male Figure

5th century
Afghanistan (possibly Hadda)
Stucco with traces of color
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm); D. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. T. Roland Berner, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This expressive head likely represents a donor, presumably turning to look at a central deity. The sculptor was aware of the viewer’s position, as the right side of the head is intentionally distorted to be optically correct when seen from a specific angle.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

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