ISBN 9788121509671,The Buddhist Art Of Gandhara: The Story Of The Early School, Its Birth, Growth, And Decline

The Buddhist Art Of Gandhara: The Story Of The Early School, Its Birth, Growth, And Decline

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Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788121509671

ISBN-10 812150967X

Hard Back

Edition 3rd
Number of Pages 117 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

About two thousand years ago, the land named Gandhara on the west banks of the Indus fell successively under the domination of the Greeks, the Sakas and the Parthians. This book gives an account of the school of art which formed itself under these widely divergent cultures. The early Gandhara school is chiefly notable in providing the earliest works of art in which the Buddha was represented in bodily form. Before this, he had always been shown symbolically; the characteristic and now familiar Buddha image was developed from the work of the early Gandhara sculptors. Sir John Marshall begins by analysing the formative influences of Gandharan art, its relationship to the early school of Central India and Hindustan, and the extent of its debt to the Greeks. he then traces the history of its development, in a remarkable and carefully chosen series of illustrations. The text is in the form of a commentary on these illustrations; the reader can thus share the author's extensive knowledge of the Gandhara school while observing for himself its growth and decline. Since it deals with the birth of their religious art as it exists today, this book must be of interest to a great many people in Buddhist countries. It will also be of value to oriental historians and those concerned with Eastern art in general.

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