Basement of Buddhist stupa, showing a Bodhissatva seated in European style, with attendants, from Charsadda, Eusofzai District
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the basement of a Buddhist stupa from Charsadda, north west frontier province in Pakistan, taken by Henry Hardy Cole in 1882. The sculpture shows a Bodhisattva seated in a European manner, with five attendants. This style of sculpture, influenced by Graeco-Roman elements, is known as the Gandharan style and takes its name from the ancient kingdom of Gandhara (Peshawar) which, together with Udyana (Swat), corresponded fairly closely to the northern part of the north west frontier province.