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During the first century, varying image types appeared in India. In ancient Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), sculptors combined artistic elements from the Hellenistic world with Indian Buddhism to create a unique image. Youthful Buddhas with hair arranged in wavy curls and wearing monastic robes covering both shoulders are reminiscent of toga-clad Roman statues. Artists at Mathura, in northern India, produced an indigenous image whose body was expanded by sacred breath and whose clinging robe was draped to leave the right shoulder bare.
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Head of a Bodhisattva, Indian, Afghan, 3rd-5th Century, Stucco with traces of pigment, 53 cm H x 36.8 W x 33.6 cm D (20 7/8

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