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TALK | The Development of Buddhist Art in India, by Fiona Buckee

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This talk by Fiona Buckee, a specialist in Indian temple architecture and research associate in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, explores the way in which Buddhist art transformed from its beginnings in the Mauryan dynasty of the third century BC through to the Gupta dynasty of the sixth century AD. Early on, such art was ‘aniconic’, meaning that the Buddha and his teachings were represented only in symbolic form. From the beginning of the Common Era, however, he appears in anthropomorphic form, complete with the lakshana (physical attributes) that attest to his perfect enlightened state. This talk explores some of the key sites and sculptures that illustrate these changing conventions and places them in their religious and architectural contexts.


This is the fourth in a series of four talks exploring the history of art in eastern countries – from Japanese ‘ukiyo-e’ pictures to ancient Chinese scrolls and Buddhist art and architecture in India. You may also like to consider:

Japanese Art: The Traditional and the Contemporary, by Kiyoko Mitsuyama

‘Islamic Art’ and its Discontents, by Sussan Babaie

Chinese Art and the Technology of Enchantment, by Shane McCausland


Image: (Detail) Seated Buddha in Teaching Pose, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, Gupta Dynasty, c 475 CE. Buff Sandstone, H: 160cm, Sarnath Site Museum

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