Wednesday, December 9, 2015

India Insight: Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

By Ankush Arora
First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)
INDIA---The latest exhibition at India’s National Museum gives the impression of an art gallery turned into a Buddhist shrine, one soaked in spiritual asceticism, devotion and artistic ornamentation. About 90 ancient and some modern exhibits – including sculptures, manuscripts, religious objects – are part of a narrative on the rise and expansion of Buddhist art in India and neighbouring countries. The artifacts roughly cover a span of 1,800 years from the 1st century CE until the 19th century, drawn from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the west to Bangladesh and Myanmar in the east. [link]