Head of Shiva as an asceticOn display
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This strongly modelled head shows the god with the matted locks of an ascetic and the third eye of insight.
Head of Shiva as an ascetic
Date5th century AD (AD 401 - 500)
Gupta Period (AD 320 - 600)
Material and technique
Dimensions16.5 x 15.2 x 10.5 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Douglas and Mary Barrett, 2013.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
Ahuja, Naman, Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018), no. 114