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Standing Buddha lacking one hand, London, British Museum,

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Standing Buddha lacking one hand, London, British Museum,
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
Buddha images: standing
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Some scholars have termed the peculiar characteristics of the Ghandaran Buddhas the 'degenerated Roman style' because they do appear 'barbarian' in their naturalistic treatments and somewhat unspiritual in expression, But adapted into a Buddha image, this 'barbarian' image actually aids in the production of a new style wholly Indian in feeling, which comes to light in the later 3rd century 'Apollo' type Buddhas, like the present example, show the ability of the Ghandarans to make use of foreign influence, but they also show the artists' ability in handling plastic forms: a distinctly Indian feature, Buddha appears no less courtly in this example than the earlier ones, His entire expressive quality is again bound in his benign countenance as it is formed by the large numbus behind his head,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-618


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