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Gandharan ‘Atlas’ figure from Jamal Garhi. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. (courtesy of Andrew Topsfield, copyright Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford)

The Geography of Gandharan Art


Start Date.

22-03-2018

End Date.

23-03-2018


This is the second international workshop of the Gandhara Connections project, which is supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation. The project aims to support the study of the artistic production from the ancient region of Gandhara (an ancient region roughly corresponding to northern Pakistan).

The workshop aims to reveal something of the inner working of art production in the greater Gandharan region in particular the Gandharan heartland of the Peshawar Basin.

Gandharan art is usually discussed as a unified phenomenon – a regional artistic tradition or ‘school’. Yet despite its distinctive visual characteristics, materials and functions, this tradition is also very varied. Even the superficial homogeneity of Gandharan sculpture, which constitutes the bulk of documented artistic material from this region in the early centuries AD belies a considerable range of styles, technical approaches, iconographic choices and levels of artistic skill. Even the ‘classical’ dimension in Gandharan art takes many forms.

The workshop will consider other questions of Gandharan geography, including the relevance of literary sources and topographical study to the understanding of ancient art.


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