Gandhara Sculpture at Oxford

Here are a few of the highlights from the Buddhist sculpture on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which I visited last week. The museum has had a massive redevelopment since I last visited and the galleries are very beautifully displayed and most informative.

The Gandhara sculptures combine the best of East and West – essentially where the sophistication of Greek sculpture meets the depth of Indian spiritual sensibility.  Over at Vipassana Fellowship our logo has always been based on a Gandhara image (though not from this collection) and I find it the most beautiful form of the Buddhist sculptors’ art.