Standing erect with serene expression, his powerful torso enrobed in an elegantly draped sanghati or mantle, the bodhisattva manifests a regal countenance. The abundance of highly elaborate jewelry represents the spiritual riches of the bodhisattva.
GANDHARA is the ancient name of a region comprising northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan, bounded on the west by the Hindu Kush mountain range and to the north by the foothills of the Himalayas. Alexander the Great conquered this region and, together with the Indo-Greek kings that succeeded him, introduced classical traditions that became an important part of Gandhara’s artistic taste over the next seven centuries.
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