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Head

  • Object:

    Sculpture

  • Place of origin:

    Afghanistan (The museum register refers to the head coming from Hadda, but there is no archival evidence to support this assertion., made)

  • Date:

    5th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded lime composition or stucco.

  • Museum number:

    IM.199-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

This head of a comical-looking man, possibly a rakshasa, has a broad face with elongated ears, prominently open eyes, contracted eyebrows, large splayed nostrils, two protruding teeth, and a long flowing moustache. The middle of the forehead is slightly raised with a circular depression at the base and a scarf is tied with a central knot round his head.

Place of Origin

Afghanistan (The museum register refers to the head coming from Hadda, but there is no archival evidence to support this assertion., made)

Date

5th Century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Moulded lime composition or stucco.

Dimensions

Height: 10 in, Width: 9 in, Depth: 10 in (without pedestal)

Object history note

The head was purchased from dealers Ram Chand Siri Chand and Co., Bazar Sarafan, Rawalpindi for the museum on the recommendation of K. Codrington, Keeper of the Indian Section as a type of sculpture which 'is interesting because of its survival in the dance maske - it also appears at Ajanta' (nominal file ref MA/1/C954)

Descriptive line

Head of a Rakshasa, 5th century, stucco, Hadda, Afghanistan.

Materials

Stucco

Techniques

Modelling

Subjects depicted

Buddhism

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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