DMPQ- Features of Nalanda school of sculpture.

Features are as follows:

  • Sculptures have an ordered appearance with little effect of crowding.
  • They are depicted in three-dimensional forms.
  • Delicate ornamentations.
  • Back slabs of the sculptures are detailed.
  • Nalanda bronzes: dating from 7th and 8th centuries to the 12th century; outnumber the metal images from entire eastern India.
  • Initially depict Mahayana Buddhist deities like standing Buddhas, bodhisattvas like Manjusri Kumara, Naga-Nagarjuna and Avalokiteshvara seated on a lotus.
  • In the late 11th and 12th centuries, Nalanda became an important tantric centre. Then, Vajrayana deities dominated such Vajrasharada (a form of Saraswati), Avalokiteshvara, Khasarpana, etc.
  • Many Brahmanical images have also been found at Nalanda. Many such images are still worshipped at nearby villages.

 

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