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Very Nice, Solid Authentic 6th Century Gandhara Buddha Donor Stucco Head

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Seller: acmer (73) 100%, Location: Klongsan District, BA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 191768373539 100% authentic antique, between 5th to 6th Century A.D., Female Donor Large Head from the Ancient Gandharan Region. The sculpture is tasteful with soft touch of the Hellenistic (Greek) culture. The sculpture exhibits female's hair style and jewelry of that era, warm and kind face and smile, with rare trace of poly-chrome paint (red, black, green). The surface might have been covered with poly-chrome paint but, over 1500 years, has been corroded by the extreme weather of the Gandhara area. It was made from stucco where, according to historian, the technology of using stucco was mastered by the Roman and traveled through the ancient silk road from the Mediterranean to the Gandhara area, and later to India, Central Asia, as well as Southeast Asia. The item might be from Buddhist monastery cave. In Gandhara culture, many donors were ladies: female princess, female member of the noble family -- wealthy and faithful in Dhamma, the teaching of the Buddha. The donor often asked the artisan to create her image and place it beside Buddha Statue Complex that she commissioned the artisan to create. In the ancient time, item like this was built by the artisan with life time devotion to the religion. By making it nice, the artisan believed that he can earn the merit as much as the donor. The style, craftsmanship, material, and aging of this item are genuine of the Gandhara Era. Width 17 cm. Height without Stand 29 cm. Height with Stand 43 cm. Weight 7 kgs. There is naturally erosion on the surface and aging of polychrome. The item is in original condition with no repair. Please note that we did put a little bit of black dust powder on the eyes and white dust powder on the face and this adds much live to her image. If new owner does not like it, can easily brush the powder off. The statue head is also carefully attached to a professionally-made stand. In many Chinese ancient records, including Monk Xuan Zang's Journey to the West, during early Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D.), mentioning about the Buddhist kingdom in Today's northern Afghanistan, along the silk road from Chang'an (Xi'an) in China to Constantinople of the eastern Roman empire. The Buddhist kingdom, accordingly to Xuan Zang, was said to be descendant of the Kushan Empire, one of the greatest eastern empire around 1st century AD that was also Buddhist patronage. Refer to the book: The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from 6th to 8th century AD, silk road trade and power had shift from Pakistan area to Afghanistan area. In Afghanistan, as they were building new trading post, new monastery, they created more stucco statue and few schist stone statue. For life-sized or larger monumental statues, they often used stucco as it was more efficient and yet durable. Shipping and Handling We will have a professional shipper that handles antique shipping to pack and ship the item via ocean cargo. Depending on buyer's address, this may take between 10-30 days. Payment We accept PayPal only. Please make your payment within 7 days. Import Tax In buyer's country, buyer is responsible for the import duties, taxes, and charges. You can find more duty information at dutycalculator.com. We will write the sales price on the invoice unless you contact us. If you want us to write lower cost on the invoice, please let us know when make your payment. Please understand that you may lose insurance coverage in that case. --------------------------- About GandharaGandhara was an ancient kingdom covering valley and plateau regions of Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan. After the Hellenistic Period and Indo-Greek Kingdoms (after King Alexander of Macedonia's military campaign into India), Gandhara was part of Kushan Empire with its peak during the reign of King Kanishka the Great, 127 AD. Around 1st Century AD, Gandhara City, the Taxila was the center of Greco-Buddhism Art and also the center of Mahayana School of Buddhism (The Great Vehicle School) that later spread on into China, Korea, and Japan. The first Buddhist scripture in Chinese was translated by Kushan person that immigrated into Western China. We can see Gandhara influence in Chinese's Northern Wei Dynasty, Tang Dynasty Buddhist Artifacts and in Japanese's Nara Era Buddhist Artifact. Gandhara was mentioned in various ancient Chinese records from Han to Tang Dynasty. Gandhara was dissolved from 8th century AD (no more Buddhist artifacts were created) after waves of Hunnic and Muslim invasions. Condition: Original. Very good condition. No repair. No restoration., Material: Stucco

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