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Mathura: Noblemen dressed in northern style, standing in adoration

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Title: Mathura: Noblemen dressed in northern style, standing in adoration
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mathura;Kushana portraits;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Both the Wima and Kanishka sculptures are representative of the first royal portrait figures in Indian art, With their conception came a new class of statues principally of royal persons and high officials, Unfortunately, most of these noblemen figures were found in only fragmentary state, It is possible to see from the fragments, however, that the northern style of dress extended to all the court members and that decoration, decorative weapons and costume were not unlike the royal models, There is little if any difference in treatment in the court figures as well, frontality, dignity, straightforwardness characterize the noblemen types as they did the emperors' images, The figure in our slide suggests a genuine desire to convey the piety of the Kushans and seems to be the closest relative of the votive statues common in Iranian cultures found in Indian art at this time, -- Mathura, Curzon Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-660


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