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Stucco mural relief fragment

The dolphin holds a wreath in his mouth. Another marine creature may be sketchily depicted in the sea above. Early Imperial

Stucco relief with goat

This small painted stucco fragment probably comes from a well-appointed house or tomb in Rome. Other larger panels are displayed in the adjacent Roman Imperial Gallery. Early Imperial, Augustan

Stucco relief panel

The female figure probably represents a maenad, one of the female followers of Dionysos. As she floats easily along, her garment has opened to the waist, revealing her left leg. She holds a long thin wand-like ... more

Stucco relief panel

The nude female figure flies to the right with her drapery floating loosely behind her. She holds a wreath in her right hand and a platter in her left. Early Imperial

Head of a Male Figure

The turbanlike headdress and large earrings suggest that this youthful figure is a person of some stature. He was most likely part of a larger scene showing worshipers listening to the Buddha preach or illustra... more

Stucco relief panel

The female figure flying to the right is a maenad . She holds up a tympanum, a large tambourine-like musical instrument as her drapery floats loosely about her. Early Imperial

Stucco relief panel

Eros holds a large cornucopia and a thin wand-like stick. His wings are delineated with extraordinary economy and verve. Early Imperial

Stucco relief panel

Draped in a heavy cloak and with an elaborate hairdo, the woman reclines with one knee raised. Her left arm rests against a low support. A pillar from which a swag of drapery hangs is visible just behind her ri... more

Stucco relief panel

The powerfully-built nude youth stepping to the right may be a follower of Dionysos, for he wears an animal skin over his left shoulder. He carries a pedum (shepherd's crook) in his right hand and a hare is sus... more

Stucco relief panel

The panther, an animal often associated with Dionysos, leaps in the air with a garland wrapped around him. Early Imperial

Mosaic fragment

Written sources state that in 540, the Sasanian emperor Khusraw I (r. 531–79) decorated his palace at Ctesiphon with mosaics commemorating the Sasanian army's siege of the Byzantine city of Antioch. Excavations... more

Meditating Buddha

The oval face, high forehead, delicately shaped almond eyes, and full pursed lips indicate a provenance in the Turfan region near northwestern China. This Buddha once decorated a wall or a niche in a monument.

Mosaic fragment

Written sources state that in 540, the Sasanian emperor Khusraw I (r. 531–79) decorated his palace at Ctesiphon with mosaics commemorating the Sasanian army's siege of the Byzantine city of Antioch. Excavations... more

Niche with the Seated Bodhisattva Shakyamuni Flanked by Devotees and an Elephant

The lunette embellished the high base of a Buddhist stupa (relic mound) and would have been viewed from below during ritual circumnambulation. Shakyamuni is shown as a bodhisattva wearing the jeweled turban and... more

Bodhisattva

Elaborate tasseled headdresses are found at sites in the Gandharan region, in the Kucha kingdom, at related sites such as Tumshuq, and in northwest China. They are generally worn by bodhisattvas, beings that ha... more

Head of Buddha

This head shows close stylistic affinities with early stucco production from Gandharan sites at Taxila. The sensitive modeling has an expressive quality that is not seen in the more formal images in stone from ... more

Door Guardian (Dvarapala)

Similar armored guardian figures were found flanking a doorway of a monastery at the Gandharan site of Thareli; clearly, this example also had significance as a protective deity. It is interesting that the monk... more

Head of Buddha

The well-preserved surface and traces of paint provide an idea of what this head looked like when it was being used in worship. The abstracted treatment of the eyes and the intersecting plains defining forehead... more

Goddess, Possibly Nana, Seated on a Lion

The Central Asian goddess Nana (Ardokhsho) seated on her lion mount is likely the source for this small icon from Buddhist Afghanistan. Nana in turn has close ties with a number of West Asian goddesses, notably... more

Head of a Male Figure

This expressive head likely represents a donor, presumably turning to look at a central deity. The sculptor was aware of the viewer’s position, as the right side of the head is intentionally distorted to be opt... more

Monumental Bodhisattva Head

This head comes from a scupture that would have been more than twelve feet tall and likely stood along the perimeter of a Buddhist sacred area enclosing a stupa. By the fourth and fifth centuries monumental ima... more

Seated Bodhisattva with Combined Halo and Mandorla

In Gandhara the appearance of a halo surrounding an entire figure occurs only in the latest phases of artistic production, in the fifth and sixth centuries. By this time in Afghanistan the halo/mandorla had bec... more

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic

Wall decoration with geometric and floral decoration

The slightly curved surface of this fragmentary panel suggests that it covered the underside of a rounded vault. Its pattern appears to have continued on both sides; therefore this piece belonged to a larger de... more

Wall decoration with a female dancer

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic

Relief fragment

Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon Sasanian–early Islamic