Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Search Results: objects

Show search help

Search Help

  • Searching for multiple terms
    • AND search: If you enter more than one search term in the search box, your search will retrieve results that contain all those terms. For example, enter ‘Iraq Iran', to find all object records containing both ‘Iraq' and ‘Iran'.
    • OR search: If you want to search for either one term or another, enter your search terms separated by ‘or'. For example, enter ‘Japan or China' to find all object records containing either Japan or China.
  • Partial wordsearch
    • Enter your term followed by an asterisk (*). For example, entering ‘Islam*' would return results for all records containing words beginning with ‘Islam', such as ‘Islam', ‘Islamic', and ‘Islamabad'.
  • Searching is always case insensitive
    • For example, searching for ‘India' is the same as searching for ‘india'.
  • Searching for a specific word or phrase
    • Enter your term within double quotation marks (""). For example, to search for the term Abbasid period, enter "Abbasid period".
  • Excluding a termfrom your search
    • Enter the term you want to search for, then a minus or subtraction sign, followed by the term you wish to exclude from your search. For example, if you want to search for records with the term ‘stoneware' but exclude records with the term ‘green', enter ‘stoneware -green'.
  • Searching in non-Latin alphabets
    • It is possible to search using non-Latin alphabets.
    • We do not currently translate all information into other languages.
    • We dotry to record information in non-Latin alphabets where it is:
      • An object's original title
      • A person's name
      • An inscription on an object
Reference URL


Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Figure of the Buddha or an attendant


    • Ground floor | Room 12 | India to 600

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.


Publications online

  • Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum by J. C. Harle and Andrew Topsfield

    Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum

    Stucco, on a mud core, was for sculpture at certain sites in Gandhara, as an alternative to stone. The technique was almost certainly imported from Alexandria. Not only Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, but also groups of figures, of which this fine example may have been a part, adorned the base of stūpas at Jaulian and Mora Moradu, satellite monasteries of Taxila, near the present-day Pakistan capital of Islamabad. Entire chapels were occupied by sculpture in stucco or unbaked clay at Hadda, near Jalalabad, in Afghanistan.

    The head of the figure illustrated is a noteworthy example of the skill in handling stucco achieved in Gandhara. Whereas most Gandhara Buddha heads, of which the Museum has several examples, verge on the insipid, the morbidezza with which this head is modelled gives it a real poignancy. The identity of the figure is puzzling however. A glance at the stone Bodhisattva [EAOS.24] will show the same drapery and jewellery; on the other hand, the way in which the hair is treated, which is probably meant to indicate snail-curls, mounting to an uṣṇiṣa is only appropriate for a Buddha. The figure might conceivably be a Buddha paré, i.e. with jewellery and a crown, a common type in later periods; alternatively, the staff (?) held in one hand and the way the head is turned, suggests an attendant figure in a group-depicted without strict attention to iconographic norms.

© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum