One of the world's most extraordinary artistic hybrids, the Greco-Buddhist art of the Gandhara region on India's north-western frontier emerged and flourished during the first centuries A.D. in the harsh territory encompassing present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its enigmatic statues were the work of anonymous sculptors along the Silk Road that stretched east to China. These ethereal beings, with their half-closed eyes, wavy hair, delicately draped bodies, were the result of the encounter of two great civilizations, the Greece of Alexander the Great and the India of Buddha. Once hidden in the shadows of monasteries, this sensual art has waited centuries to see the light of day, unearthed by the shovels of the archaeologists of DAFA (French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan). Magnificent archive photographs and objects in this book resuscitate the splendors of a culture that the vicissitudes of recent Afghan history have failed to annihilate.
By Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter
6.0 x 8.5 in | 15.5 x 21.5 cm
80 Pages | 60 Images- Hardcover
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