Indo-Corinthian capital and pedestal of statue, from Loriyan Tangai, Peshawar District
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken by Alexander Caddy in 1896 of an Indo-Corinthian capital, and the pedestal of a statue depicting two scenes of Buddha with attendants, from Loriyan Tangai in Peshawar district. This photograph shows the top of a column known as the capital and the base of a statue known as a pedestal. Both appear to have been inspired by classical artistic traditions. The Corinthian capital was originally a Greek architectural feature, yet from the first century AD onwards, they became popular in Peshawar district. The columns found in Peshawar are not, however, identical to their Greek counterparts. They blend Indian and classical features and are therefore termed 'Indo-Greek'. Graeco-Roman influence affected not only architectural features but a variety of artistic traditions in this area. Sculpture is a notable example of this phenomena, as the large quantities of statues found in the Peshawar district were heavily influenced by classical forms. This influence can be observed in the sculpting of the figures on the pedestal, through their draped clothing, curly hair and naturalistically modelled bodies.