||National Museum, New Delhi
||Akhnoor, Jammu & Kashmir
|Period / Year of Work
||6th Century A.D.
||Ht. 17.2cm. Wd. 14 cm. Dep. 13 cm.
||Head of a bold headed man having long face. Nose and chin
damaged. Dull red clay.
||In the conspectus of Akhnoor terracotta's this head stands
out for its plain yet striking treatment. The head with a
distinct expression represents a realistic portrait of a
monk. His innocent looks and plumpy cheeks make him look like
a relaxed young monk. A similar, yet slightly larger
terracotta head of a middle-aged monk and falling into the
tradition of early Roman portraiture of a slightly earlier
date is reported to be in a private collection in London.
Representations of heads of monks' clean shaven with pierced
but empty earlobes appear to be common both in stucco and
clay in Taxila during the late Kusana period and seem to have
greatly influenced the expressive facial features of the