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Hadda: Head of Brahmin Ascetic, Musee Guimet, Paris

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Hadda: Head of Brahmin Ascetic, Musee Guimet, Paris
Author(s): Rowland, Benjamin
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
Hadda etc. [Toprak Kala
stone sculpture
book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Bears comparison with the "Beau Dieu" (Gothic) of Amiens, In many cases of Hadda sculpture there is a marked resemblance in the quality of spirituality in the features, the same modified realism found in 13th-cent. Gothic art, a thousand years later, Both based on Classic prototypes, Spiritual explanation for similarity, in that the emotional, more personal type of Buddhism, with its emphasis on salvation, that developed in the early centuries of this era came to demand an artistic emphasis on the individual, on individual expression, in much the same way that the mystical Christianity of the 13th cent. brought into being and [sic] new and humanized style of artistic expression, The quality of pathos and dynamic realism that we note in late Roman, Byzantine and north-west Indian work of the 5th cent. A.D. is really the modification of a tendency already dominant in Hellenistic art, and not the sudden and simultaneous result of some vague aesthetic force asserting itself on all the boundaries of the Roman world,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-640


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