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Tumshuq: Buddhist terracotta relief in Musee Guimet

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Tumshuq: Buddhist terracotta relief in Musee Guimet
Author(s): Rowland, Benjamin
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Closely related to late Afghan sculptural style of Fondukistan and marked by same fusion of Indian and Late Antique elements, The deeply recessed box in which the large figure group is set is reminiscent of more illusionistic style of Gandhara relief, The drapery is a simplification of the Gandhara Classical type with a continuation of the characteristic neo-Attic "swallo-tail" scarves already seen in the Gandhara Bodhisattvas etc. The individual figures have the same softness, the relaxed ease and grace, that typify the Bodhisattva from Fondukistan (IGA-27), The faces of the Tumshuq images have a dry, mask-like vapidity, with an endlessly repeated smiling mouth that unmistakably reveals the use of moulds for these portions of the figures, The reliefs were originally enframed in a wide border inclosing a vine meander pattern of an ultimately Late Antique type, another example of a transference to Central Asia from Gandhara of a motif universally employed in Roman architectural decoration, This last phase of the Gandhara style continues eastward to such sites as Kizil, & ultimately reaches Tun-huang and Yun Kang,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-591


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