Buddhist sculpture slab excavated at Lorian Tangai, Peshawar District: the birth of Buddha
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a Buddhist sculpture showing the birth of Buddha, from Lorian Tangai, taken by Alexander Caddy in 1896. Here the Buddha is depicted being born from Queen Maya's side, and also standing upright with his hand raised in the gesture of protection (abhaya).This style of sculpture, influenced by Graeco-Roman elements, is known as Gandharan 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.