Why the first Buddhas in art wore finely folded Greek tunics

Why the first Buddhas in art wore finely folded Greek tunics

By the time the Bactrians conquered northwestern India, in short, many eastern Greeks were familiar with Buddhism. Within a century of the conquest, some of the most important men in the Indo-Greek kingdom identified themselves as Buddhists: a provincial governor named Theodorus, for example, is known to have dedicated a Buddhist reliquary, and another Greek governor established a stupa. Many wealthy Greeks, like the benefactors at Karla, were commemorated as donors in Buddhist cave monasteries.

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