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Title: A Pectoral Depicting Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from Greater Gandhāra
Author(s): BOPEARACHCHI, Osmund
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 17    Date: 2018   
Pages: 231-252
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.17.0.3284896

Abstract :
This study discusses a previously unpublished 6th-century AD gilded bronze pectoral depicting Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Its focus is on the iconography, the most distinctive aspects of that, and the symbolism embodied in it. The iconographic configuration is unprecedented and adds significantly to our understanding of the cultures, beliefs and artistic output of Buddhist art in Greater Gandhāra at the time of its production. Its iconography is related to a vast area of cross-fertilisation including Gandhāra, Greater Gandhāra, Central Asia, Xinjiang and western China.

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