Amaravati School of Sculpture

  • A Buddhist relic, having features belonging to Amaravati school of Art was unearthed by a group of Indologists on the banks of River Gundlakamma in Andhra Pradesh.
  • This form of art originated in the area of Amaravati, AP.
  • It was patronized by the Satavahanas and later by the Ikshavaku
  • Prominent places where this style developed are Amravati, Nagarjunikonda, Goli, Ghantasala and Vengi.

Features of this form of sculpture:

    • The material used in Amaravati art is ‘White marble’
    • Sculptures were carved in a naturalistic manner. Ex: ‘taming of an elephant by the Buddha’.
    • Reflects narratives theme based on life of Buddha and Jataka stories
    • Buddha is depicted both in human as well as in animal form
    • Both religious and secular imageswere present in this style.
    • The Amaravati style is more elegant and sophisticated.
    • The sculptured panels of Amaravati are characterised by delicacy of forms and linear grace.
    • Numerous scenes of dance and music adorn these reliefs displaying the joy of life.

Sculpture depicted in the style of Amaravati School of sculpture