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Bodhisattva from Bodh Gaya, 385 A.D. Calcutta, Indian Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Bodhisattva from Bodh Gaya, 385 A.D. Calcutta, Indian Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gupta Period
Bodh Gaya
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Emergence of a sculptural representation of the Buddha, or indeed of the Bodhisattvas, is usually attributed to the Mathuran region under the Kushans, Ghandara also developed a Buddha type, somewhat later than Mathura, which was distinctively 'wester' in flavor, for the drapery was heavy, the hair fully rendered in sculptural locks, the form massive, and often the face bore a moustached or beard, By the later 4th century, however, Ghandara took the Mathuran Buddha types to heart and produced some images remarkably sensitive in style and quite free from western elements, Such is the example here showing the Bodhisattva in the meditative attitude of the yogi but raising his right hand in the 'protective' gesture of a master, What distinguishes this figure from the Mathuran Buddhas is a less refined treatment of the face and body proportions, Notice the full lips and concentrated expression: this is more characteristic of Ghandaran sculpture than of Mathuran,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/163630
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-863

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