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Ghandara: Head of Buddha, Lime composition, Romano-Buddhist style, 4th-5th Centuries A.D.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Ghandara: Head of Buddha, Lime composition, Romano-Buddhist style, 4th-5th Centuries A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
Buddha heads
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: A new sensitivity enters even those areas in which western influence was strongest so that a modification of older motifs is possible without sacrificing their 'western' qualities completely wherever they still appealed, On such heads as the one pictured here, some scholars have based their best arguments concerning the Apollo origin of the Buddha image, It is true to some extent that there is genuine classical beauty in this head, perhaps even 'classic' in the western sense of the term, What distinguishes the Buddha head from western art, in any case, is the quality of spiritualism so hard to define in Indian art but unquestionably present, Where one can argue whether technique and rudimentary western styles pervade such heads, one can counterbalance the issue with evidence of conceptual differences and native stylistic approaches, which make the works irrevocably Indian, In the head shown here, lime plaster had been added to the sculpted image and then painted, No traces of color, however, remain on it today, -- London, Victoria & Albert Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-636


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