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Traditions: The Arrested Moment

Title:Traditions: The Arrested Moment
Author:Nehru, Lolita
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 37 Issue no. 2, p. 49-68
Abstract:Thousands of coins and innumerable sculptures were discovered early in the 19th century. This series of chance discoveries in the northwestern regions of India opened a new and exciting chapter in Indian history. Most of the sculptures were carved in stone, others in stucco, terracotta, and clay, and a few in bronze. The most remarkable feature of these finds was the clearly Western Classical mould in which they had been made. These discoveries spread over an area which consisted of the furthest limits of the ancient kingdom of Gandhara. Western elements are not the only ingredients in Gandharan art and most of the sculptures are Buddhist. Aspects of Gandharan art are discussed in the following sections: The Concept of Time, Distribution of Space, Spatial Depth, The Concept of the Human Form.

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