A Gandhara Schist Head of a Devotee, ca 1st century BCE/CE
from a larger frieze of fine grey schist, the lavishly mustached head inclined to the left, and wearing an elaborate headdress.
Reference: Carolyn Woodford Schmidt "Aristocratic Devotees in Early Buddhist Art from Greater Gandhara: Characteristics, Chronology, and Symbolism", South Asian Stud 21 2005.
Condition: fragmentary, condition commensurate with age with minor loss to the nose, some mineral accretion especially inside the crevices, nicely carved and presents very well.
Dimensions:Width: 4 inches (10.16 cm), Height: 3 inches (7.62 cm)
Provenance: Private Woodbury, Connecticut collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.
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