Abstract

Although, Gandhara art by theme as well as subject matter is an expression of Buddhist ideals and aspirations. However, along with The Lords' jataka events and stories and presentation of last birth in stone Gandhara art also carries a lot of cultural wealth relating to the people who produced it. Particularly, the secular architecture including forts, gateways fortifications of the cities and palaces are also depicted in the sculptures and reliefs. In this research, the authors have analysed the characteristic elements and features of palace buildings sculpted in Gandhara art. Predominantly, the frontal depiction of palaces shows that they are designed according to tripartite concept and are richly decorated by applying different architectural traditions which has been discussed in detail in the following pages.

Keyword(s)

GandhāraartPersepolitanMahayanismSidharata