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Buddha with Six Disciples

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Buddha with Six Disciples
3rd-4th century A.D.

Place of origin: Miran, Xinjiang, China
Materials: Wall painting
Dimensions: 57.2 x 100.2 cm
Acc. No. M. 111.003 (99/1/44)

Fragment of a wall painting from a stupa in Miran. The painting preserves only the bust of the Buddha, looking at the spectators, and gesturing his right hand in giving assurance (abhaya mudra). He wears a red sanghati (unstitched upper-garment) that covers both of his shoulders. On his left, six monks, probably his disciples, are seen. One of them is holding a chowrie. On the left of these monks, a tree is seen with blooming coloured flowers, and against it right arm of a figure is seen holding flowers in the hand. Probably, it is a scene from the conversion of six Sakya Princes. The painting shows strong Hellenistic elements, as strong features of naturalism and picturesque ness can be seen experienced into this wall painting. These elements were introduced into Art after the death of Alexander the great, and continued to vibrate the Art world. Since Alexander was from Hellenes the art was known as Hellenistic.

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