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Ghandaran: Bodhisattva and Buddha, from Swat, 3rd-4th Centuries A.D.

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Title: Ghandaran: Bodhisattva and Buddha, from Swat, 3rd-4th Centuries A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
Buddha images: standing
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: While in some parts of the Ghandaran region Buddhist imagery took turns away from the western influences, as we saw in the example of the Buddha in slide 28, other parts of the country were still very much content with the Hellenistic styles, Two examples in this reference are a Bodhisattva and Buddha from Swat, While both assume characteristic poses for their imagery, neither shows much attention to perfection along these lines, The Bodhisattva has been equipped with jewelry over his monastic robes, and the seated Buddha is not seated in the lotus attitude at all and looks more like an enthroned king than a religious teacher, In either case the surfaces have been treated cursorily and retain but the barest resemblances to 2nd century models in this respect, The most truthfully 'Ghandaran' features are the benign expression both figures display, -- London, British Museum, -- (a) Bodhisattva, 2nd-3rd Centuries A.D. (b) Buddha from Dharmacakramudra, Ghandaran,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-616


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