Mathura School of Arts
The Kushans, who were great patrons of art, ruled over a large empire in North India from AD 1 to AD 175. Two Schools of sculptural art developed during this period Gandhara and Mathura. The gandhar School was based on Greco-Roman norms encapsulating foreign techniques and an alien spirit on the other side, The Mathura was completely India.
Mathura School of art-
Mathura School or art is purely indigenous style. Spotted red sandstone has been used in this school.
The head of the Buddha from Mathura is consistent in the sculptor’s self-imposed abstraction.
Theme may vary from Buddhist to Brahmanical to sometimes secular.
These were not influenced by Greeco-Roman techniques to that extent.