Four sculpture pieces from Rhode Tope, Sanghao, Peshawar District: Garuda and Nagini
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of four sculpture pieces from Rhode Tope, Sanghao, Peshawar District: Garuda and Nagini from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates), taken around 1883 and attributed to Henry Hardy Cole, probably incorrectly. Cole wrote, of the central figure in this image (in Volume 1 of his 'Preservation of monuments in India' c. 1885) that 'The representation [of a female figure carried by an eagle or other bird] is evidently traceable to some legend. General Cunningham identifies the figure as Maya, the mother of Buddha, being carried up to the Trayastrinsha Heavens after her death, where it is said she was 'born again'. The mode of representing this legend is suggested by the famous statue, by Leochares (B.C. 326, when Alexander's influence was being felt in India), of Ganymede being carried off by Jupiter's Eagle.'