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The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) [Paperback]

Kurt Behrendt
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17 April 2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gandhara was an ancient region of Pakistan that controlled a series of key passes for the Silk Road trade between India, China, and the Mediterranean. This steady commerce provided the financial foundation for the sustained patronage of luxury goods as well as Buddhist monastic sites and devotional sculpture. Drawing on the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book traces the complex and changing artistic tradition of Gandhara, from Northwest Pakistan and Eastern Afghanistan in the 2nd century BC until the 8th century. This book also explores early urban material, international trade, and the emergence and development of Buddhist art in the region, specifically addressing the relic tradition, narrative art, and iconic representations of Buddhas and bodhisattvas. The latest period of production is characterised by the fabrication of monumental imagery as well as the clay and stucco production of Afghanistan.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (17 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300120273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300120271
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.4 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kurt Behrendt is Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gandharan Sculpture 21 Mar 2009
It is very difficult to find any books in English on this subject so this volume is very welcome. This is a reasonably priced volume with very well produced quality photographs. The text is informative and succint. Gandharan art is a rare example of cultural fusion between East and West - between Greco- Roman aesthetics and techniques and Buddhist concepts with a little bit of Persian, Indian and Chinese thrown in for good measure.
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