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Title

Figure of Buddha

6th century-7th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Fonduqistan Ancient Gandhara Afghanistan
    Cultural origin
    Ancient India; Irano-Buddhist - drawing from the influences of the Sassanids, with their origins in ancient Iran, and Gupta India.
    Date
    6th century-7th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    stucco with traces of pigment
    Dimensions
    51.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1996
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    268.1996
    Copyright

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  • About

    This fragile, and hence rare, stucco image of the Buddha comes from the little-studied temple site of Fonduqistan to the west of present-day Kabul. The figure is an example of the so-called Irano-Buddhist style of Buddhist sculpture found in the region bordering the Hindu Kush northeast of Afghanistan. Ultimately this style had its genesis in the remarkable florescence of Buddhist creativity that distinguished the ancient Indian province of Gandhara during the first four centuries CE. The tasselled, four-pointed chasuble is distinctive to Fonduqistan pieces, while the soft, idealised face with its gentle smile and the naturalistic handling of drapery, body and posture, are part of the Gandharan legacy. His crown indicates he is a monarch, conflating the idea of the Buddha as ruler of the physical and spiritual realms.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.27.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    The Walmore Collection, 1990, London/England, as published in Isao KURITA; Gandharan Art II: The World of the Buddha; 1990, pg.122-123, no. 335

    Alex Biancardi, 1996, Australia