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Heads of Buddha and Bodhisattva statues, and sculpture slab representing worship of a stupa, from the Swat Valley

Heads of Buddha and Bodhisattva statues, and sculpture slab representing worship of a stupa, from the Swat Valley

Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1161)

Item number: 10031161

Length: 20.7

Width: 28.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

A somewhat faded photograph of Buddha and Bodhisattva statues and a slab showing stupa worship from the Swat valley, taken by Alexander .E Caddy in 1896. 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. This influence is shown in these pieces, in the draped clothing the figures wear, and in the naturalistic modelling of their bodies. In 1895 Surgeon-Major L.A.Waddell went to the Swat valley to undertake archaeological research and met with, Major Deane, the Chief Political Officer. Deane was a well-known archaeologist, who, Waddell tells us, had, "for many years has been zealously and most successfully exploring the Buddhist remains of Peshawar and its frontier countries." The sculptures photographed here are said to have remained in his possession although he handed over the majority of his finds to Waddell.

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