Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley 10031162
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley taken by Alexander E. Caddy in 1896. This print shows a view of a group of sculptures, comprising the head of a Buddha, a slab depicting the birth of Buddha and a fragment of another slab. The ancient kingdoms of Udyana (Swat) and Gandhara (Peshawar) corresponded fairly closely with the northern part of the North West Frontier Province and the sculpture of the area, referred to as Gandharan, was influenced by Graeco-Roman elements. In 1895 Surgeon-Major L.A.Waddell went to the Swat valley to undertake archaeological research and described his meeting there with Major Deane, the Chief Political Officer, and well-known archaeologist, who for many years has been zealously and most successfully exploring the Buddhist remains of Peshawar and its frontier countries.' The sculptures photographed here are said to have remained in his possession although he made over the majority of his finds to Waddell.