Greek Buddhas: Alexander, Hellenism and Ghandaran Art
Alexander’s conquests spread Greek culture out of which, mixed with local cultures, emerged what is known as Hellenism. Greek art and intellectual culture merged with Buddhism to form a unique artistic genre, Ghandaran art.The physiognomy of many sculpted Ghandaran Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is classically Greco-Latin, rather than Asian.
traversed by ancient roads linking India with China, Tibet and West Asia.
The elaborateness of the hairdo is unique and reflects local cultural customs in the Hindu Kush, as well as
ancient Greek hair-braiding techniques. The topknot is often seen in the figure of Shiva.
as in the above image showing Buddha seated on a lotus, draped in a Greek toga.
Gandhara frieze in purely Hellenistic style, 1st-2nd century CE. Buner, Swat, Pakistan.
Vajrapani the protector of the Buddha,is depicted as Heracles.2nd century
This Indo Corinthian capital depicts the Buddha seated within acanthus leaves.Alexander the Great, Macedonian Culture comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.