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THE BUDDHIST HERITAGE OF PAKISTAN: ART OF GANDHARA

 
If you cannot travel to Pakistan, you may want to travel to New York and see THE BUDDHIST HERITAGE OF PAKISTAN: ART OF GANDHARA, showing August 9th  to October 30th, 2011 at the ASIA SOCIETY. Melissa Chiu, the director of  Asia Society Museum explained that this exhibit faced almost insurmountable problems threatening the exhibit and delaying its opening.  Bringing sculpture, architectural reliefs and works of art of gold and bronze, dating from the third century B.C. to the fifth century A.D.,  from several museums in Pakistan to New York was important since Gandharan art was not very well represented in American museums – and the exhibit might help restore some of the troubled feelings between Americans and Pakistanis. 
 
Remember Alexander the Great and his expedition into India in 330/325 B.C. ? This young warrior was responsible for introducing Hellenism to the area. Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman artistic features combined with Hindu  and India’s Buddhist iconography developed into Gandharan art  in what is now North West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Stone and stucco were used. And some of us have seen and remember the Bamyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan……..
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