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Basement of Buddhist stupa, showing a Bodhissatva seated in European style, with attendants, from Charsadda, Eusofzai District

Basement of Buddhist stupa, showing a Bodhissatva seated in European style, with attendants, from Charsadda, Eusofzai District

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(970)

Item number: 1003970

Genre: Photograph

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.

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