HEAD OF A PRINCESSE
Head of a statuette in an orangey red terracotta. The face has Indo-European features. The headdress is composed of a headband worn as a crown and a tuft of hair placed high atop the skull, typical of the Greek style imported from the West. Good state of preservation. Signs of crusty patina from excavation. Small scratches and imperfections.
The art of Gandhãra was born on Indian soil and served the religious teachings of Buddhism. It appropriated iconographic elements from the religious repertory of Buddha and skilfully combined them with the sculptural techniques imported from Europe by the Greek soldiers of Macedonia and then Bactria, who made up the armies of Alexander the Great. It was during this period that the first human images of Buddha appeared, in accordance with the Greek belief that considered and depicted the gods as men. This art testifies to the theological evolutions that required new images of devotion to serve as spiritual support.