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Head, 2nd Ghandaran School, Lahore, Central Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Head, 2nd Ghandaran School, Lahore, Central Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Ghandara, we will remember, was the westernmost region of the Kushans located in the north of the Indus Valley, Its two capitals at Taxila and Pushkalavati were active trade centers and brought the western world in close contact with native art, Ghandaran sculpture was consistently more realistic than Mathuran of the same period and borrowed extensively of [sic] the classical elements of the west, Two trends of style developed at Ghandara: one extremely realistic and almost crude in its truthfulness and the other classically oriented emphasizing subtle modeling and naturalism, The head in our illustration is of the second type though it does not seem to reflect classical beauty, The Ghandarans managed to reinterpret the styles of the west and made use of those elements they saw fit to use in conjunction with native Indian tastes, For this reason, the head is both subtly modeled and underdrawn with naturalism: half western and half eastern in conception,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-629


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