Gandhāran Buddhism [electronic resource] : archaeology, art, texts /
edited by Pia Brancaccio and Kurt Behrendt.
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2006.
xi, 313 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0774810807 (alk. paper)
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Vancouver : UBC Press, c2006.
0774810807 (alk. paper)
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The ancient region of Gandhara, with its prominent Buddhist heritage, has long fascinated scholars of art history, archaeology, and textual studies. Discoveries of inscriptions, text fragments, sites, and artworks in the last decade have redefined how we understand the region and its cultural complexity. The essays in this volume reassess Gandharan Buddhism in light of these findings, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that illuminates the complex historical and cultural dynamics of the region. By integrating archaeology, art history, numismatics, epigraphy, and textual sources, the contributors articulate the nature of Gandharan Buddhism, its practices, and the significance of the relic tradition.
Table of Contents
Prologue : some debating points on Gandharan Buddhism and Kusana historyp. 9
Recent archaeological research in Gandhara : the new evidencep. 41
Buddhist presence in the urban settlements of Swat, second century BCE to fourth century CEp. 60
Relic shrines of Gandhara : a reinterpretation of the archaeological evidencep. 83
Pilgrimage route changes and the decline of Gandharap. 107
New manuscript sources for the study of Gandharan Buddhismp. 135
Bodhisattvas in Gandharan art : an aspect of Mahayana in Gandharan Buddhismp. 151
The nature and use of the bodily relics of the Buddha in Gandharap. 183
Gateways to the Buddha : figures under arches in early Gandharan artp. 210
A Gandharan relief with two scenes from Buddha's lifep. 225
Local crafts in early Gandharan artp. 243
Ananda and Vajrapani : an inexplicable absence and a mysterious presence in Gandharan artp. 270
Design diversity in Kaniska's Buddha coinsp. 286
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