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Sculpture - Head of a monk

Head of a monk

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gandhara (made)

  • Date:

    4th century-5th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lime composition (kankar)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 8

Physical description

A head of a Buddhist monk, which is of Roman Emperor type, is fractured at the neck, aquiline nose, shaven, touches of red paint visible on the lips and ears.

Place of Origin

Gandhara (made)


4th century-5th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Lime composition (kankar)


Height: 12.5 in

Object history note

Purchased from Imre Schwaiger, £250 for six heads, 1929.

Descriptive line

Head of a Monk, lime composition, Hadda, Afghanistan, 4/5th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Exhibited at the Royal Academy; The Art of India and Pakistan, Edited by Sir Leigh Ashton 1947/8
p. 40, cat. no. 132
The art of India and Pakistan, a commemorative catalogue of the exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1947-8. Edited by Sir Leigh Ashton. London: Faber and Faber, [1950]

Production Note

Hadda, Afghanistan, Gandhara.

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Buddhism


South & South East Asia Collection

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