HEAD OF A PHILOSOPHER
Handsome large head made of stucco which was covered with a buff slip and black painting for the beard and hair. The face shows a mature man wearing a long beard nicely arranged, the long and lean face being expressive. The treatment of the hair with its separate strands is typical to Classsical Greece. He has the characteristic features of the Greek thinker but could also be one of Buddha's attendants. The practice of statuary made in stucco was invented in the Greco-Roman workshops of Alexandria. It consisted in applying a succession of ever finer coats, a technique that required great skill. Very fine condition, small scratches and imperfections due to age.
Gandhâra, a region straddling Afghanistan and Pakistan, which saw the creation of the Greco-Buddhist art. This sculpture of a western type is the achievement of the travels of Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, as far as the borders of India.