Head of a Buddha

India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)

Not on view

This head from a nearly lifesize figure of the Buddha reflects the late Gupta artistic idiom. In an effort to represent the Buddha’s enlightenment and his inward-looking meditative nature, the artist abstracted and idealized his physical features, especially evident in the articulation of the eyes and the intersecting convex planes of his cheeks and forehead.

Head of a Buddha, Red sandstone, India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)

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