Eklisa Anstalt. Hardcover. 9.75 x 11.5", 160 pp., more than 60 color plates, bibliography, cloth, d.j., London, 2000. Item #17887
A collection of 63 beautiful stucco and terra-cotta heads of the Silk Route Portrait Collection, summarizing the best aspects of Gandharan vision of the Buddha's own tale. Heads in the present collection, dating mainly from the 3rd to the 5th centuries, were at their origin part of the ornamentation of Buddhist stupas - memorials to Buddha, celebrating his tale, and set up along the historic Silk Route, linking Central Asia with China in the east, and Byzantium in the west. With a foreword by the Dalai Lama.
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