Book — iv, 164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
Introduction - by Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart-- Numismatic evidence and the date of Kaniska I - by Joe Cribb-- Positioning Gandharan Buddhas in chronology: significant coordinates and anomalies - by Juhyung Rhi-- A framework for Gandharan chronology based on relic inscriptions - by Stefan Baums-- On Gandharan sculptural production from Swat: recent archaeological and chronological data - by Luca Maria Olivieri and Anna Filigenzi-- The chronology of stupa relic practice in Afghanistan and Dharmarajika, Pakistan, and its implication for the rise in popularity of image cult - by Wannaporn Rienjang-- Buddhist art's late bloomer: the genius and influence of Gandhara - by Monika Zin-- On the relationship between Gandharan toilet-trays and the early Buddhist art of northern India - by Ciro Lo Muzio-- Is it appropriate to ask a celestial lady's age? - by Robert Bracey-- Architectural evidence for the Gandharan tradition after the third century - by Kurt Behrendt.
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Since the beginning of Gandharan studies in the nineteenth century, chronology has been one of the most significant challenges to the understanding of Gandharan art. Many other ancient societies, including those of Greece and Rome, have left a wealth of textual sources which have put their fundamental chronological frameworks beyond doubt. In the absence of such sources on a similar scale, even the historical eras cited on inscribed Gandharan works of art have been hard to place. Few sculptures have such inscriptions and the majority lack any record of find-spot or even general provenance. Those known to have been found at particular sites were sometimes moved and reused in antiquity. Consequently, the provisional dates assigned to extant Gandharan sculptures have sometimes differed by centuries, while the narrative of artistic development remains doubtful and inconsistent. Building upon the most recent, cross-disciplinary research, debate and excavation, this volume reinforces a new consensus about the chronology of Gandhara, bringing the history of Gandharan art into sharper focus than ever. By considering this tradition in its wider context, alongside contemporary Indian art and subsequent developments in Central Asia, the authors also open up fresh questions and problems which a new phase of research will need to address. Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art is the first publication of the Gandhara Connections project at the University of Oxford's Classical Art Research Centre, which has been supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation. It presents the proceedings of the first of three international workshops on fundamental questions in the study of Gandharan art, held at Oxford in March 2017. (source: Nielsen Book Data)