Gandhara Sculpture from Pakistan Museums

Gandhara Sculpture from Pakistan Museums

Gandhara Sculpture from Pakistan Museums

Gandhara Sculpture from Pakistan Museums

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This publication represents the most comprehensive exhibition of Gandhara sculpture ever brought to America. It includes sixty-five free-standing and relief sculptures dating from the 2nd-5th centuries A.D., when the flourishing Buddhist colonies in Gandhara created some of the first representations of the Buddha in human form.

The Asia Society is greatly indebted to the Government of Pakistan for the loan of these national treasures, and special thanks are due the Pakistan Committee of the Asia Society for their negotiations. We should like to express our gratitude to His Excellency Aziz Ahmed, the Ambassador of Pakistan, to Mr. S. M. Haq, Press Attaché of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, and to the Honorable K. M. Kaiser, Consul General of Pakistan in New York. Their assistance in every phase of the arrangements has been invaluable.

Our sincere appreciation is also due to Professor Benjamin Rowland of the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, whose introduction contributes so much to our understanding and appreciation. His name has long been associated with the study of Gandhara, and his insight into the chronology and meaning of this early Buddhist art is invaluable to the scholar and the layman. We are grateful for his distinguished services.

Paul C. Sherbert
Executive Director
The Asia Society, New York, 1960 . . .

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