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Gandharvas from Sondani, Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Gandharvas from Sondani, Archaeological Museum, Gwalior
Author(s): Rowland, Benjamin
Keywords: Gupta Period
Gupta Sculpture
stone sculpture
book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: These supernatural aerial beings: divinities of fragrance and music, once the attendants of Indra: are given effect [sic] of weightless, soaring motion not by wings, but by the direction of the legs and upward swirling lines of the scarf, The female gandharva is the Sanchi yakshi in Gupta terms, a fully modelled form in relief, but suggesting the possibility of existence in the round, Contrast of the close-pressed roundness of the breasts and almost abstractly tubular limbs, and the expansive swelling roundness that makes these beings appear 'as if breathing' (p, 144),
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-827


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