Earthenware pieces dug up from stupa at Kotah, Sanghao, Peshawar District
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a collection of pieces of pottery from an excavation at a ruined stupa from Kotah, Sanghao taken about 1883 and attributed to Henry Hardy Cole (probably incorrectly). A stupa is a hemispherical monument usually made from earth and often faced with bricks or stonework. They are found all over Peshawar and most were built between the first and the fifth centuries AD. To Buddhists, a stupa is a direct representation of the Buddha. They are built to house relics, objects which were associated with the Buddha or another important person in the Buddhist faith. These relics would be kept in earthern ware containers like those shown in this photograph which would then be interred inside the stupa.