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Head of a young man

3rd century CE


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Stucco head of a young man with short curly hair
    Place where the work was made
    Hadda Ancient Gandhara Afghanistan
    Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century
    3rd century CE
    Media category
    Materials used
    15.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of John Spatchurst 1980
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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