Crowned Buddha in Dharmachakra, 11th century. This sculpture is a typical representation of \u2018Pala\u2019 art found in Bihar, India. Many such scultpures were placed in niches around the Bodh Gaya temple.\n\nStone relief with scenes from the life of Buddha, 4th \u2013 5th century found in Gandhara North West India:\n\nSandstone scultpure of Buddha protected by Naga Muchalinda, 11th \u2013 12th century, Cambodia\n\n\nHead of Buddha, Lte 18th century,\u00a0 Shan state, Burma\n\nMulti armed Quan Am, Lacquered and guilded bronze, 18th century or later, North Vietnam,\n\n\n \n\n\n\nBuddhist art covers a wide spectrum of longitudes \u2013 from Gandhara to Japan, some discovered some waiting to be discovered.\nThe art and the philosophy are undeniably beautiful. But the irony is not. Buddha preached against idol worship. But mankind ended up making idols of him and worshipping those\u00a0 idols.\nThe poem in Hindi by literateur Harivanshrai Bachan titled \u201cBuddha aur Naach Ghar\u201d (recitation link) is a good starting point for a longer exploration of this irony.\njm\nAugust 2011\nAll the above images are of exhibits at the Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore\nThe post Antique Sculptures of Buddha appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.