The Kushanas invaded India from central Asia and ruled the north-west of the Indian subcontinent during the first three centuries of the present era. One style of Kushana art, named after the region of Gandhara, was heavily influenced by the classical models of Greek art. This 'false gable' in Gandharan style was attached to a stupa, a dome erected to house Buddhist relics. Two upper registers show seated figures of the Buddha in meditation, while the lower register incorporates a standing Buddha in a scene based on a Jataka story about one of his previous lives.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label