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Speakers from Europe and across the United States will present a series of lectures engaging the early history and development of the Buddha image in South Asia in the symposium “The Buddha Image in South Asia: Trans-Regional Diversity, Iconographic Innovation and Localized Idioms.” These lectures accompany and will be oriented toward contextualizing the exhibition “Images of Awakening: The Buddhist Sculptural Heritage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Lectures will include presentations by some of the foremost historians in the field of South Asian art on topics such as: Hellenistic influences in Gandharan Buddhist art, Buddhist sculptural traditions of the Himalayas, the evolution of the Buddha image in the Gangetic Plain, the heartland of Buddhism and early regional styles of Buddha imagesin the southeast of the Indian subcontinent.A lecture by Ju-hyung Rhi,professor of art history and archaeology at Seoul National University, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 23 in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art, will serve as the symposium’s keynote talk. The talk, “Refined, Prosaic, and Spurious: The Many Faces of the Buddha in the Art of Gandhara,” is the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s annual Shouky ShaheenLecture.

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