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Bhamala: Carved bricks, flooring, Taxila, Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Bhamala: Carved bricks, flooring, Taxila, Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gandhara;Archaeology & Architecture;General: pillars;decoration;architecture;ceramics;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Until this period under the Kushans, most shrines were decorated with fair restraint, Carvings and reliefs were limited to the major gateways, and minor architectural elements such as paths, stairs, and railings were left unadorned, It became increasingly important with the new influx of goods from the Near East and West to broaden the decorational systems to keep in style with the greater tastes for embellished surfaces: this included architecture, As these carefully patterned bricks show, floor coverings also received this embellishment with myriad patterns of vaguely geometric shapes and barely organic forms, These decorations are far afield from the tasteful flowers forming framing devices around relief panels on the gates of stupas, but for their different use the geometric motifs seem more appropriate after all,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-542


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