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Pre-Kusana art: A new concept

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‘Pre-Kuṣāṇa Art’ implies that it is an art understood in terms Kuṣāṇa art, which itself has not been the subject of a comprehensive monograph. During the Kuṣāṇa age, more than a religious iconography was devised. Rather, a religious language was hammered together and fitted unto art forms with such vigour and cultural validity that it prevailed over considerable time and space. This chapter cites two examples from the author's own research to illustrate the seminal role of the visual language constructed during this age. It offers a “waves theory” made up of components whose presence and influence vacillate in Pre-Kuṣāṇa art.

Keywords: Ancient India; Gandhāra; Hellenistic city; Mathurā; Parinirvāṇa; Pre-Kuṣāṇa art; religious art; Yuezhi



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