Art: Buddha in a Toga

The twangy strains of Pakistani music filled the galleries of Manhattan's Asia House last week, but the 65 stone heads, statues and reliefs on exhibit seemed to owe almost as much to the West as to the East. On loan from the government of Pakistan, these peaceful figures are the graceful legacy of an ancient civilization that to this day remains partially wreathed in mystery.

The Gandhara sculptures get their name from a small, hilly region around Peshawar that at the time of Darius I (522-485 B.C.) was a province of Persia. From that time until its final decline after the White...

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