Silk Road Collection
Central Asia

Head of the Statue of Bodhisattva

  • Central Asia
  • India, Mathura
  • from the 2nd to the 3rd centuries AD
  • The Kushan Dynasty
  • red sandstone with yellow spots
  • 36.0cm in height

Mathura, on the right bank of Yamuna river in the mid-north of India, is known to be a sacred land from the prehistoric age. In the Kushan Empire, creation of Buddha statues began a little after Gandhara. Here, unique Buddha statues that differed from Gandhara were born through the use of yellow-spotted red standstone produced in Sikri. [CR] Although this is a Bosatsu head with a turban and Urna like the Gandhara Buddha, there is no mustache and it has a more voluptuous face. Furthermore, there are no goldwork nor precious stones on the turban like a Gandhara Buddha would. The motif of the turban's frontal decoration is the Indian sacred bird Garuda.