Indian Sculpture with Greco-Roman imagery

From Mathura, we steer into Gandhara!

Gandharan sculpture is reminiscent of Hellenistic sculptures in the naturalistic attention to anatomical details. There are also direct references to Greco-Roman imagery, for example, in the centaurs holding the central amulet on the main necklace.

The Bodhisattva figure is carved realistically, with enough attention to detail to make one suspect that local princes in the area probably were adorned this way. By combining local styles and characteristics with messages having universal appeal, Buddhist art effectively helped spread the faith into central Asia and beyond.

The sculpture sits in the Chandigarh Museum, India. Let us know if you've seen it!

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