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Relief of the Indra Sala Cave Scene, Peshawar, Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Relief of the Indra Sala Cave Scene, Peshawar, Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: During many of Buddha's meditations, he chose to seat himself within a cave in order to find solitude, An ancient site supposedly used by the Buddha for this meditation was at Indra Sala, located in Giriyeka, it is believed, since a citadel has been uncovered there revealing that a shrine might have at one time been built on the spot, All around the Buddha are deities, for the cave also symbolizes the realm of Indra, the heavenly palace of all the gods, By showing the meditative Buddha with the model cave, the artists have made the little sculpture both a shrine with the Buddha image, and an image inclusive of the cave, The surface has been treated as a single sculptural unit, from which individual figures do emerge, the most important being, of course, the Buddha himself, this particular Buddha image is on the level of that in slide 28 with respect to introverted personality and spiritual expression,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-570


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