Standing Śākyamuni Buddha: 2021 New to the Collection
Period: Kushan dynasty
Era: 3rd-4th century CE
Size: Height 175 cm
Accession no.: 2021.01
Gandhāra is one of the important sites witnessing the development of Buddhist art in the Kushan dynasty. In addition to being the meeting point of Eastern and Western civilisations, it also drew on the characteristic elements of Indian art, and integrated them into its own Hellenistic art tradition. The art vocabulary of classical realism was adopted to interpret Buddhist stories and the images of Buddhist deities, and thus formed the anthropomorphic representations of the Buddha.
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