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
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.
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
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
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