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Buddhist Art in Orissa

Title:Buddhist Art in Orissa
Author:Sahu, Nabin Kumar
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 8 Issue no. 4; September 1955, p. 16-22
Abstract:Buddhist art in Orissa falls into the Ashokan, post-Ashokan, Gupta, and post-Gupta periods. Ashokan relics are mostly found at Dhauli, including rock edicts, an elephant figure, a large phallic emblem in Bhaskaresvara temple (Bhubaneswar) considered to be the stump of an Ashokan monolith, and a pillar capital in the Ashoka Jhara tank. To the post-Ashokan period belong the remains of a stupa at Bhubaneswar, some yaksa statues, and rock-cut stupas, chaityas and residential caves at Sankaram and Ramatirtha in the Kalinga region. A sculpture depicting the eight great events of Buddha's life, on the outer wall of the Raghunathji temple at Solampur (near Jajpur), is one of the few surviving from the Gupta period. The post-Gupta period witnessed Buddhist artistic activities in the Asia range of hills (Udayagiri, Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri, and Alamgiri), from where come the magnificent statues of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, Tara, and other Mahayana deities, and ruins of stupas and shrines.

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