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Title

Head of a young man

3rd century CE


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This stucco head is believed to have originated from the site of Hadda in what is now Afghanistan. The sculpture of Hadda was made entirely of stucco and such a head would have been installed in a niche of a building. Notice that the head is unfinished at the back. The body of this sort of image would have been made of mud with only an outer slip of lime plaster, thus many heads have survived without their bodies. Originally this head would have been coloured - the flesh a pinkish shade, with lines of deeper red to indicate the folds of the lips, hairline, etc and the eyes outlined in blue and brown. Faint traces of colour still remain on this head.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 1980


Details


Other Title

Stucco head of a young man with short curly hair


Place where the work was made

Hadda Ancient Gandhara Afghanistan


Period

Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century


Date

3rd century CE


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

stucco


Dimensions

15.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of John Spatchurst 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

120.1980