The vast store-house of iconic concepts that originated with MAHAYANA Buddhism in India was transmitted through various channels to East Asia: to China, sparingly to Korea, and often through both.On way from India, the Central Asian Caravan settlements, Buddhist in contents, also lent their hand in this cultural journey painted and sculptured grottos to enrich this transmitted art carrying with them their own traits. Iconography is as interesting as it is complicated and difficult.
About the Author:
Prof. A.K. Bhattacharyya served the National Museum, New Delhi, successively as Deputy Keeper and Keeper of the Art Department thereof from 1954 to 1964. Having worked on deputation for a year with the Archaeological Survey of India as the Officer-in-Charge of the Museums Branch, during 1964-65, he was selected as Director, Indian Museum, Calcutta, which he served from 1965 to 1975.