Buddhism and Features of the Buddhist Art of Bactria-Tokharistan


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Buddhism and Features of the Buddhist Art of Bactria-Tokharistan

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This chapter examines Buddhism and the features of the Buddhist art in the Bactria-Tokharistan region of Central Asia. The findings indicate that Buddhism spread to Bactria in the Kushan period because of the support of the Kushan nobility. During the first to third centuries there was a considerable growth of Buddhist art, mainly that of the monumental variety. Most of the work on the decoration of Buddhist monuments at that time was undertaken by professional artists who did not belong to the Buddhist community.

Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist art; Bactria-Tokharistan; Central Asia; Kushan nobility; Buddhist monuments

Chapter.  5511 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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