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The Conversion of Kasyapas, Relief, 3rd-4th Centuries A.D.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: The Conversion of Kasyapas, Relief, 3rd-4th Centuries A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: As we have seen earlier in this series, reliefs bearing scenes from Buddha's life are exceptionally righ in Ghandaran art and have decidedly personal touches in their imagery, Here, the miraculous conversion of Kasyapas at Uruvilva is depicted: the conversion of a non-believer by the miracle of fire performed by the Buddha to prove his attainment of the Enlightenment, The joy expressed by the vigorous gesticulations of all the figures and the stoic yet attentive addressing gesture of the Buddha convey the wonder of the event, which has just taken place, Kasyapas and his entourage have all had their eyes opened: obvious in their aghast expressions: while the Buddha has happily shown them that he is the Enlightened One, Ghandaran reliefs are famous for their marvelous technical handling of space, which was convincingly handled even in bas-reliefs, -- London, British Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-574


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