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Sultanganj: Head of Buddha, Mica schist, Bihar State, Post-Gupta style, 7th-8th Centuries A.D.

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Title: Sultanganj: Head of Buddha, Mica schist, Bihar State, Post-Gupta style, 7th-8th Centuries A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Gupta Sculpture;General;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Eastern Gangetic region around Bihar carried on the traditions of the Classical Gupta art associated with Buddhism and its late Mahayana form, In formula, the art remained quite in tune with pre-existing models, but did manage to bring to sculpture a more concentrated feeling for abstraction without sacrificing spirituality in the process, The head in our illustration is a product of this Bihar art, details are rich without being fussy so that they are masterfully drawn, but not overly elaborate in the same sense, From the type of stone used, schist breaks into the range of media and, unlike sandstone, could be worked with a metallic finish and hold precise lines, -- London, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-846


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