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Fragment of a Buddhist 'chapel' or niche, from the lower monastery at (?) Nutta, Peshawar District

Fragment of a Buddhist 'chapel' or niche, from the lower monastery at (?) Nutta, Peshawar District

Photographer: Serrot, M.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1102)

Item number: 10031102

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Fragment of a Buddhist 'chapel' or niche, from the lower monastery at Nutta, Peshawar District from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates), taken by M. Serrot in 1883. This is one of a series of photographs taken by Serrot and reproduced in photogravure as Plate 23 of 'Illustrations of Graeco-Buddhist sculptures from the Yusufzai District', in volume I of Henry Hardy Cole's 'Preservation of monuments in India' (c. 1885). Cole wrote of this image, 'The sculpture here represented is part of a niche or chapel. A king and queen are seated at a small table engaged in gambling. The queen is seated on a stool with her feet on a foot-stool. The king is on a throne, his feet also on a foot-stool. The right arms of both are on the table. The left arm of the queen is uplifted as if throwing dice. In the background are two female attendants with chaoris. The king has a jewelled plume in front of his turban. General Cunningham describes the upper part of the niche as containing Buddha's alms-bowl under an umbrella as an object of worship.' In this publication Cole gives the sculpture's location as Mian Khan. However, he gives Nutta as the location in a sketch copied from this photograph in his Memorandum on ancient monuments in Eusofzai, with a description of the explorations undertaken from the 4th February to the 16th April 1883, and suggestions for the disposal of the sculptures (Simla, 1883), p. 25. Another source, Bloch, also gives the location as Nutta.

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