Greco-Buddhist art sculpture discovered in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT. November 23, 2012, 20:56.

The Uzbek-French archaeological team discovered a sculpture of white limestone in a good condition. The sculpture, which age has not been determined, is about 40 cm in height. It is part of the Greco-Buddhist friezes adorning the temple on Chingiz hill in old Termez.

In October 2012, the Uzbek-French Northern Bactria archaeological mission discovered a high relief of white limestone in well-preserved condition, which is used in the masonry, Ca-News reports on November 2 citing the French embassy in Tashkent.

It is possible to distinguish a richly dressed man and woman, artfully presented in a style that unites the Greek, Indian and Bactrian culture.

This piece of art has recently been placed in the Archaeological Museum of Termez and will be become the subject of research later on, the embassy said.

Uzbek-French cooperation in the field of archeology is the crown of the bilateral cooperation. It promotes the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

Greco-Buddhism, sometimes spelled Graeco-Buddhism, refers to the cultural syncretism between Hellenistic culture and Buddhism, which developed between the 4th century BCE and the 5th century CE in the Indian sub-continent, especially in modern Afghanistan, Pakistan and north-western border regions of modern India. It was a cultural consequence of a long chain of interactions begun by Greek forays into India from the time of Alexander the Great, carried further by the establishment of Indo-Greek rule in the area for some centuries, and extended during flourishing of the Hellenized empire of the Kushans.


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