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Gandharan Art in Its Buddhist Context

edited by Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart

This fifth and final collection of workshop papers from the Gandhara Connections project addresses one of the most fundamental topics in the field: the religious functions and meanings of Gandharan sculpture. Five papers from the workshop look at dedicatory practices in Buddhist monasteries, the interpretation of Buddha iconography, and insights from archaeological excavation and survey in Swat and Malakand.

Published March 2023

ISBN 9781803274744 (e-version)
DOI 10.32028/9781803274737

This book considers Gandhāran art in relation to its religious contexts and meanings within ancient Buddhism. Addressing the responses of patrons and worshippers at the monasteries and shrines of Gandhāra, papers seek to understand more about why Gandhāran art was made and what its iconographical repertoire meant to ancient viewers.
This volume is the Classical Art Research Centre's sixth free, online ebook, issued under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence. It is also available to buy in print from Archaeopress.

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Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-01]

Selling space at the monastery and making economic sense of the ‘intrusive’ at monastic sites in Gandhāra

Gregory Schopen [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-02]

Does iconography really matter? Iconographical specification of Buddha images in pre-esoteric Buddhist art

Juhyung Rhi [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-03]

Solving the riddle of the ‘Muhammad Nari Stele’: a new look

Dessislava Vendova [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-04]

Early Gandhāran art: artists and working processes at Saidu Sharif I

Luca M. Olivieri [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-05]

Buddhist art of Gandhāra: a catalogue of newly documented sites in Malakand District

Fozia Naz [DOI: 10.32028/9781803274737-06]

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