World Corpus of Amarāvatī Sculpture

Director: Dr. Akira Shimada (State University of New York at New Paltz) in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi

The stūpa at Amarāvatī is one the most celebrated Buddhist monuments in India. Flourishing between c. 200 BCE and 250 CE, it was one of the important Buddhist places in the Andhra region until it was finally abandoned in the 14th century.

Numerous sculptures and inscriptions were found during successive excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. However due to use of the stūpa as quarry for building material and the unsystematic nature of early surveys, many sculptures were removed from the site and their context lost. Amarāvatī sculptures are now found in museums throughout India and other parts the world.

The aim of this project is to assemble the stūpa's scattered remains alongside documentation connected with the site, and to encourage a multidisciplinary and international discussion of Amarāvatī, Buddhism and Buddhist archaeology.