Gandhara, lay people

4th-5th century, Gandhara, Kushan period, adoring attendant, stucco and traces of pigments, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

4th-5th century, Gandhara, Kushan period, adoring attendant, stucco and traces of pigments, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

This life-like devotee wears the same type of  jewellery as the one we have seen on bodhisattvas from the same period and area, with a floral motif also used on his headdress.

4th-5th century, Gandhara culture, Pakistan, painted limestone, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

4th-5th century, Gandhara culture, Pakistan, painted limestone, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

Again, the man wears elaborate jewellery and headdress, a thin lower garment and an upper one worn over the left shoulder, leaving the chest bare. The facial features are alike, a plump oval face with a pointed nose, thin eyebrows, a small chin. The woman’s garment is held in place with a belt, she wears bulky earrings, a headband and plain armbands.

 

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