Art – Buddha

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A delicate fresco and one of the earliest anthropomorphic representations of Buddha dated II-III c. AD — from the South side of the Monastery of Bagh-Gaï, Hadda Gandhara, 10 km of what is today the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

For some 700 years, Buddha was represented through symbols such as a footprint, an empty throne or a tree. The first anthropomorphic images date from the mid II c. AD in the Gandhara region and around the Indian city of Mathura.

Photo taken at the Musée Guimet des arts asiatiques, Paris.