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Heta Davis
Heta Davis • 2 years ago

Greco-Buddhist art from Gandhara, 1st century BC.  This depicts the Buddha with Heracles (in place of Vajrapani) as his protector bodhisattva.  A wonderful cross-cultural masterpiece in the overlapping of Alexander’s empire and the Indian empires.

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