A great Gandharan Stucco of an elegant, youthful Buddha - also known as Siddhartha Gautama - who ultimately achieved Enlightenment and gave teachings upon which Buddhism was founded. The Buddha is depicted in a squatting position and his face is finely modelled with elegant features including heavy-lidded eyes, gently smiling closed lips, and stretched earlobes symbolising his rejection of the material world in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. The surface on the back is flat, which indicates that the figure was attached to another surface, rather than being free standing.
Object literature: Gandhāra is the name of an ancient region located in present-day North-West Pakistan and parts of North-East Afghanistan. Famed for its unique Gandharan style of art which is heavily influenced by the classical Greek and Hellenistic styles, Gandhara attained its peak from the 1st century to the 5th century CE under the Kushan Empire.
Object history: Obtained from P.R., previously in a collection formed in the 1980-90s on the UK and European art market.
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