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Panel depicting Buddha, Terra cotta, coated with thin layer of fine clay before baking, From eastern face of Stupa plinth at Kanujo-daro, West Pakistan, about 5th Century A.D. London, Victoria and Albert Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Panel depicting Buddha, Terra cotta, coated with thin layer of fine clay before baking, From eastern face of Stupa plinth at Kanujo-daro, West Pakistan, about 5th Century A.D. London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Gupta Sculpture;General;ceramics;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This Buddha image testifies to the spread to [sic] formal sculptural influence extending from the main centers of Buddhist art at this time: Mathura and Sarnath: to the neighboring regions of India, namely Pakistan, All the formal attributes of the Enlightened Buddha are present: yogi posture, lotus-ornamented nimbus, close-cropped hair, partially bare upper body and restful expression, But how different these elements appear in Pakistanian use, Certain aspects have been altered to regionalize the image as well: for example, the 'knowledge bump' characteristic to Buddha figures does not appear on the head of this model, the hands are held in a completely immovable state in the lap (no gesture of protection nor 'Turning of the Wheel), the body proportions are non-Indian as is the type of drapery covering them, and the expression on this figure's face is decidedly more down-to-earth, even smiling, Aside from these attributional features, the character of the sculpture is quite different, actually provincial, if almost bordering on the crude,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/163588
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-821

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