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Sarnath: Gupta Buddha

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sarnath: Gupta Buddha
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Keywords: Gupta Period
Sarnath Architect
& Sculpture
stone sculpture
book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Buddhas of the Sarnath school are distinguished from Buddhas of Mathura of the same period by their more refined, more slender, treatment, The dress is transparent and without folds, allowing the sculptor to idealise the human form of the Buddha, The body, straight without being stiff, the crossed legs, the gently bent arms and the hands with their supple fingers, indicate a perfect artistic mastery, Halo is ornate, Gandharvas, set on the outer edge, give equilibrium to the whole composition, On the socle the first disciples worship the Wheel of the Law, they are accompanied by deer which symbolise the Deer Park at Sarnath, This is one of the most significant masterpieces of the whole of the art of India, and has inspired most of the later representations of the seated Buddha,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-917


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