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by Archaeology Newsroom

Greco-Buddist Art: Excavations in the Gandhara Region, Nortwest Pakistan

Gandhara, a region in the Northwest Pakistan and South Afghanistan, where the famous Greco-Buddhist school of art was born, has still a lot to reveal and offer. The recent excavations, directed by the author of this article, in the Mardan district, centre of the Gandhara civilization, have yielded interesting finds of Greco-Buddhist and purely Greek art. The Gandhara art, that flourished from the first B.C. to the third ad centuries, and continued to be productive until the sixth century ad, draws its thematic repertoire from Buddhist art. It is a very intricate art, which combines successfully Persian, Greek, Roman and Indian elements with its local artistic idiom, and it is thus enriched with a great wealth of expression.