[Buddha-l] More Buddhist angels?
jkirk at spro.net
Mon Jun 6 09:09:00 MDT 2005
> Dear Joanna, dear all,
> having a short look at Marshall, Buddhist Art of
> Gandhara (Cambridge 1960, Re-printed
> in Pakistan at the Anjuman Press, Karachi) I found
> quite a number of winged "angels":
> figs. 21, 22: Inscribed brackets (nagadantas) in form
> of a winged deva from Sirkap
> figs. 23-25: ditto, from Kunala and Dharmarajika
> figs. 145,146: similar: winged atlants
> fig. 148: frieze of garland with winged figures from
> There must be many more sculptures like these ---
> unfortunately I do not
> have all the publications (Foucher, Ingholt,
> Rosenfield, Faccenna, etc.) at hand to
> check it out.
Yes, as I pointed out early in the Buddhist angel discussion,
Gandhara is where winged figures do appear.......winged deities
and animals entered Greek art via Persian influence, and thus
the winged deity idea was conveyed to the Gandhara area and artists,
as it was originally ruled by Greeks. At least this is how I "got" it,
but perhaps this idea has undergone revision?
> jkirk schrieb:
> > Well well, check this link:
> > http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/bagan/anandaindex.htm
> > the gandharva figures on either side of the central figure andonebelow
> > are winged.
> > I can't make out clearly the others......
> >>From the Shwe-Kyaung-pyi monastery--remainder of King Mindon's palaces
> > in mid 19th c, therefore one infers that the winged angel image types
> > inspired by western art through contact of the British and their
> > baggage.
> > Joanna
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