Essay Alexander Alexander And The Head Of Bodhisattva

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The Influence from the Head of Alexander to the Head of Bodhisattva

Two sculpture pieces, the Head of Alexander and Head of Bodhisattva, was created in two different time and location, but two pieces are similar in more way than just being two head sculpture from a long time ago. The marble sculpture, Head of Alexander, dated to the 2nd century, was found during excavation at the Lower Agora in Pergamon in Turkey. This is the style of portraits made by the sculptor Lysippos, who was the only Alexander’s sculptor. In the history of Alexander the Great, he became king when he was not even twenty years ago, and he died at the age of thirty-three (Cartledge). After his father 's, King Philip II, died, Alexander continued his father goal, which is to conquer Persia and Egypt. After many years lived in battle, he finally defeated the Persian Empire and started a great empire covering from Macedonia to India. The cities that was found by Alexander as military base turned into cultural and commercial centers later and played an important role in the spread of the Ancient Greek culture up to India. Meanwhile, the Phyllite sculpture, Head of Bodhisattva, was made in the Ancient Kingdom of Gandhara in 2nd – 3rd century. It is the Gandhara art, which is a cultural mix between the Classical Greek culture and Buddhism. Therefore, we can see the connection between sculptures, which is how the Head of Bodhisattva has some similarity with the Head of Alexander. From the connection, we can…

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