This unique Buddha head is marked by most gracile features, ovaloid face, thick lips, sharp nose, half closed eyes, elongated earlobes, and hair curls in the form snails along with the usnisa at the top. The half closed eyes of the Buddha indicate a position of self-absorbed contemplation. Aesthetically, it combines the highest vision (drasti) with perfect form (rupa) emotion (bhava) grace and charm (lavanya) and likeness to ideal (sadrsya).This is the most magnificent sculpture the like of which was never produced in India, earlier or later. Made in soft buff Chunar sandstone, it presents all the characteristics which mark the classical idiom of Indian art that developed during the Gupta period. The head is made of fine Chunar sandstone, with smooth surface. This style was to influence all subsequent artistic development throughout Northern India.


  • Title: Buddha Head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 500 AD - 600 AD
  • Location: Sarnath, india
  • Physical Dimensions: w162 x h266 x d210 cm (without cover)
  • Type: statue
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi
  • Style: Gupta Art
  • Place Part Of: india

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