Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of Buddha

Khotan Kingdom
6th–7th century
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region)
Red clay with traces of color
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
Not on view
This unfired head is related to fifth- to seventh-century clay sculpture from Afghanistan, especially in the treatment of the eyebrows and in the hairstyle of three rows of curls. The site of Rawak comprises a cruciform stupa (relic mound) based on architecture established in Afghanistan and Gandhara; the enclosing wall of this sacred precinct was embellished with hundreds of clay Buddhas and bodhisattvas such as this one.
Site of Rawak Stupa

[ Emil Trinkler , Bremen, Germany, excavated or purchased in Tibet or Turkestan during 1927–1928 Trinkler expedition; sold to Kleijkamp by 1930]; [ Jan Kleijkamp , New York, by 1930, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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