Buddhist sculpture slab excavated at Lorian Tangai, Peshawar District: the Nirvana of Buddha
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a Buddhist sculpture from Loriyan Tangai, taken by Alexander Caddy in 1896 . 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. The 'Death of Buddha' (Mahaparinirvana) was one of the earliest and most popular subjects for Gandharan sculptors and this slab shows the flowing robes and curly hair which were specific features of this type of sculpture. The frieze of small figures riding sea-monsters also shows evidence of the aforementioned Graeco-Roman influence.