Maitreya, headArtist(s)Artist Unknown, Gandhara (Ancient Pakistan and Afghanistan)Object Creation Date1st century - 2nd centuryMedium & SupportstuccoDimensions
14 1/2 in. ( 36.8 cm )Credit LineGift of Mark and Iuliana PhillipsLabel copy
In Buddhism, Maitreya is considered the Buddha of the future. He may be depicted as a bodhisattva—a Buddha-to-be, in the garb of an Indian prince, with long hair and jewels—or as a Buddha—an enlightened one, in a monk's robe and with a shaved head or short, curly hair. This head is an example of a very early image of Maitreya, and comes from Gandhara, a region at the northwestern frontiers of traditional India (parts of modern Pakistan and Afghanistan). Gandhara had been Hellenized under the rule of followers of Alexander the Great, and Greco-Roman ideals of beauty are seen in this sharply chiseled, youthful and meditative face.
M. Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art, June 2004Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaAsianRights
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