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Akhnur Terra-cottas

Title:Akhnur Terra-cottas
Author:Fabri, Charles
Enumeration:Vol. 8 Issue no. 2; March 1955, p. 53-64
Abstract:The terracotta heads discovered by the author lying in the Lahore Museum are traced to Akhnur, 19 miles north-west of Jammu town. They are datable to about 700 CE, while the finds at Harvan and Ushkar (Huvishkapura, practically identical with Baramula town) are datable to 720-30 CE. This school of sculpture developed in the time of Lalitaditya Muktapida (700-36 CE) as a result of the migration of some Gandhara artists to Kashmir, and therefore has similarities with the later Gandhara art of Takshila. The monastery of Ushkar was founded by Lalitaditya, and its central temple is identical with the contemporary temples of Kashmir, All the terracotta heads --; including those of the Buddha -- are marked by a strong baroque mannerism, and ornamentation replaces the classic simplicity of Gupta times.

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