Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A two-thousand-year-old Buddhist sculpture has been put on public display

THE LONDON ECONOMIC
By Joe Mellor
A 2nd-3rd century stone Buddha head amongst items being put on display at the University of Edinburgh’s Library to celebrate Indian art hidden away in the University archives.
EDINBURGH---A two-thousand-year-old Buddhist sculpture has been put on public display as part of an exhibition of objects collected by Scots in India. The stone Buddha head is said to be one of the earliest physical depictions of the ascetic from ancient India. And it shows his enlightened status through a cranial mound, disguised by an “elegant” top knot, and elongated earlobes. The sculpture originates from the ancient kingdom of Gandhara, situated in modern northwest Pakistan and has now been put on display at the University of Edinburgh. Along with a 72-metre Sanskrit scroll and depictions of Indian wildlife, it forms part of an exhibition at the institution’s Main Library during the Festival Fringe. [More]
Dr Yuthika Sharma, an expert in South Asian Art with a 2nd-3rd century stone Buddha head amongst items being put on display at the University of Edinburgh’s Library to celebrate Indian art hidden away in the University archives.