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Buddha, Sarnath School, 6th-7th Centuries, London, British Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Buddha, Sarnath School, 6th-7th Centuries, London, British Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Sarnath Architect;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: A deepening spiritualization of the Buddha remains centered in the Sarnath school of sculpture well into the 7th century when the majority of northern art begins to show a decreasing amount of refinement, and a somewhat mannered elaboration sets in, Gentleness and grace are inherent in the physical type of such Buddhas, though somewhat disproportionately at times, while the holy character of the Buddha's personality is played upon emphatically, As we have seen, an ambivalence has always existed to the human side of the master, and occasionally it is replaced with his spiritual nature as if afraid to make the Enlightened One too close to worldly affairs and thereby stifle his uniqueness, Notice how the figure softly leans to the right and the eyes restuflly gaze downward, One can imagine a devotee at the feet of this image looking up into this gaze,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-914


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