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Maitreya: From Sikri Monastery, 1st Ghandaran style

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Maitreya: From Sikri Monastery, 1st Ghandaran style
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: It is evident from the number of surviving Ghandaran sculptures that the school was a prolific one and that the sculptors and the donors were really interested in depicting the life stories and images of the master, To the best of their ability, the Ghandarans achieved a good quality of artistic expression which, we must remember, was not entirely native in character owing to the influx of various models from the West, The present figure certainly attests to the fact that Ghandaran art was capable of naturalistic treatment, The power inherent in this image is monumental, and so [as] usual in Ghandaran sculpture, the spiritual aspects have been suppressed somewhat to allow the human features to come through, Again we have a Maitreya Bodhisattva in the same attitude as the former example in slide 19, The differences in treatment are slight but noticeable: the harder material used for the second figure has made the lines of the drapery harsher and the rendering of details very metallic, -- Lahore, Central Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-622


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