Buddhist art is the artistic practices that are influenced by Buddhism. It includes works which depict Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and other entities, either historical or mythical in narrative scenes. Mandalas and other graphic arts aids to practice; as well as physical objects associated with Buddhist practice, such as vajras, bells, stupas and Buddhist temple architecture. Buddhist art originated on the Indian subcontinent following the historical life of Siddhartha Gautama, 6th to 5th century BC, and thereafter evolved by contact with other cultures as it spread throughout Asia and the world.The earliest works of Buddhist art are in India date back to the 1st century B.C. The frescoes at Sigiriya are said to be even older than the Ajanta Caves paintings. The expansion of trade on the The Silk Road spread Buddhism to Central Asia, China and ultimately Korea and Japan started in the 1st century CE and along with it expanded the tradition of the art. Buddhist art followed believers as the dharma spread, adapted, and evolved in each new host country. Buddhist figures and objects leaned towards symbolic meaning as well as sacred sharing and reminders and encouragment of spirtual wellbeing.
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