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Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley 10031166

Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley 10031166

Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1166)

Item number: 10031166

Length: 24.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley taken by Alexander E. Caddy in 1896. This print shows a view of a large collection of pieces of sculpture from the Swat Valley, including heads of Buddhas, sculpture slabs, 'chapels', or niches, pieces of friezes and other fragments, now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. 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, 'To him I explained the object of my mission, and pleaded the need in which the Indian Museum of Calcutta stood of specimens of Buddhist sculpture of the Gandhara type. Major Deane kindly promised his aid, and he generously said that he would make over to me all the numerous sculptures found in the Swat Valley, of which he had already got possession.'

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