Sculpture From Shotorak. Shotorak, Kapisa Province.
Monasteries elsewhere also responded to King Kanishka's efforts to revive Buddhism in the 2nd century CE. At Shotorak, 4 kilometers from his capital at Begram, some 7-8 ruined stupas mark the location of the Shotorak monastery on a bluff overlooking the Panjshir River on its south bank. Shotorak was at its peak during the 3rd century CE, but Hsuen-Tsang reported 300 monks still in residence in 630. Viewers will recognize this motif of a gently smiling yakshi (nature spirit) leaning against a tree blossoming at her touch. A symbol of fertility on the Indian ivories, she was now assimilated into the Buddhist iconography, although more demurely swathed in a diaphanous sari.
Photo: Louis Dupree from Auboyer The Art of Afghanistan, 1968
- acku Afghanistan
- Image Size
- 2028x5749 / 2.5MB
- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM II: CE (Common Era)