Buddhist sculptures from the Swat Valley 10031170
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 large collection of miscellaneous pieces of sculpture from the Swat Valley, including a shelf of Buddha images, now in the Indian Musuem at 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.'