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Gilded Gandharan Schist Head of Prince Siddhartha


Gilded Gandharan Head of Prince Siddhartha

Date: 1st – 2nd century AD
Provenance: From a UK private collection. First purchased in 1976. Supplied with a geological report by geological consultant Dr R. L. Bonewitz No. TL005230 and CIRAM analysis of stone, cross-section and replica studies to verify the scientific authenticity of the piece. This artwork has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.158442-10050.

References for stylistically similar artworks from the same period and region see:

  • Lyons, Islay and Ingholt, Harald The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1971, no.286, from Peshawar possibly and by the same sculptor
  • Czuma, S., Images from Early India, Cleveland, 1985, fig.115
  • the British Museum Magazine, BMS 26, 1996
  • Kurita, Isao Gandharan Art II, The World of the Buddha, Japan, 1990

Size: Tall: 57cm, Depth: 38cm, Width: 39cm. 115 kg including stand 57cm tall (191cm including stand) (22 1/2" (75")). Very fine condition. Extremely rare.
Medium: Schist stone with gilded surface and domed crystal urna on the forehead.

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