THE immense outpouring of art which began more than 5,000 years ago in the fertile Indus Valley has flooded over to enrich the lives of millions in India, Central Asia, China, Java and Cambodia. But because the main stream of Indian art flowed away from the sources that were to nourish Western art, Indian sculpture has remained something strange and remote to Western sensibilities.

Now helping to bridge the gap between East and West are such carefully selected collections as that recently acquired by Philadelphia's Museum of Art (opposite). Containing 49 carved stone sculptures and temple fragments ranging from a 2nd-to-1st century...

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