Head of a Buddha - This head from a nearly lifesize figure of the Buddha reflects the late Gupta artistic idiom. In an effort to represent the Buddha’s enlightenment and his inward-looking meditative nature, the artist abstracted and idealized his physical features, especially evident in the articulation of the eyes and the intersecting convex planes of his cheeks and forehead. 5th / 6th century Uttar Pradesh, India
Head of Shiva as an ascetic north India, 5th century AD Mathura sculpture. The Gupta aesthetic spread widely across the subcontinent, and it would underlie the later sculpture both of India and of lands far beyond her borders.