Origin and Dissemination of the Cruciform Shaped Stupas and Buddha Images with Double Haloes: A Study Based on New Disco

Abdul Hameed (Visiting PhD Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison)

Thursday, March 09, 2017
The cruciform shaped stupa and the images of Buddha with double haloes are the two rare aspects of the Buddhist heritage, traced to the 6th-7th CE. Archaeological excavations at the Buddhist site Bhamala in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan have brought to light some new examples of these infrequent features. Based on these discoveries from Bhamala, this study considers the formation and dissemination of these unique features from Taxila, Gandhara and central Asia from abut 3rd to 7thcentury CE.