Seller: acmer (73) 100%, Location: Klongsan District, BA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 191970238232 Condition: Original. No repair. No restoration. Rare-to-find nicest surface condition., Material: Stucco, Details: 100% authentic antique, 5th Century A.D. Bodhisattva Buddha Head from the Ancient Gandhara/Gandharan Region. The sculpture is a master piece, having one of the most preserved and nicest surface in our collection, with tastefully blending of Hellenistic and Silk Road Tribal Art. It exhibits third eye on the forehead (symbol of wisdom awakening), curly hair and long ears, warm and kind facial expression, with trace of poly-chrome paints on the lip. The surface is much better condition than our other items in the collection, although it has small broken off at the nose tip -- this can happen given its age of 1,500 years. The item was made from stucco. Using of stucco had been mastered by the Roman Empire and reached Gandharan area through the ancient silk road that linked Europe and Asia. Referred to the Book: The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, starting from 4th Century A.D., trade and power had shift from Pakistan area to Afghanistan area. In Afghanistan, as they were building new trading posts, new monasteries, they chose to build more statues with stucco than with carving stones. The style, craftsmanship, material, and aging of this item are genuine of the Gandharan. Width 12 cm. Height without Stand 20 cm. Height with Stand 29 cm. The stand is included with sale and can be detached. Shipping and Handling We will have professional shipper to ship the item via ocean. 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 declare differently or 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. In 327 B.C, King Alexander the Great conquered Gandhara area and some of his troops settled there and developed a remote Greek colony. Later, Kushan Empire took over the Gandhara, with its peak of the empire during the reign of King Kanishka the Great, 127 AD. Around 1st Century AD, Taxila city in the Gandhara 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 text in Chinese language was translated by Kushan person that immigrated into Western China. We can see Gandhara influence in Chinese's Northern Wei Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, as well as Japanese's Nara Era. Gandhara was mentioned in various ancient Chinese records from Han to Tang Dynasty. Monk Xuan Zang of Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D) recorded in the his renowned Journey to the West, about the Buddhist Kingdom in Today's northern Afghanistan. Gandhara was dissolved from 8th century AD (no more Buddhist artifacts were created) after waves of Hunnic and Muslim invasions.