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Originated on the Indian subcontinent, Buddhist art developed in the 6th and 5th century BCE and it later spread throughout Asia and the world, as a result of its contact with other cultures. In a reflective analysis of the history of Buddhist art, it becomes lucid that the earliest Buddhist art followed the Indian aniconic tradition and this period in the history of Buddhist art is known as Aniconic Phase, which extends from 5th century BCE to 1st century BCE.


"From that time, Buddhist art diversified and evolved as it adapted to the new countries where the faith was expanding. It developed to the north through Central Asia and into Eastern Asia to form the Northern branch of Buddhist art, and to the east as far as Southeast Asia to form the Southern branch of Buddhist art. In India, Buddhist art flourished and even influenced the development of Hindu art, until Buddhism almost disappeared around the 10th century with the expansion of Hinduism and Islam." (Buddhist art) Therefore, the Buddhist art developed through the various periods in the history of Buddhism and it later spread to various other countries and cultures to assume a significant position in the history of art. A reflective analysis of the Buddhist art in relation to its history of evolvement brings out the nature of the art movement, the historical developments that affected the movement, the major artists involved in the movement, and the essential aspects of the movement which influenced art in the future etc.
Buddhist art has been one of the prominent forms of art in areas traditionally known as Western Central Asia ...
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