Rear view of Gandharan sculpture of a female figure in the Museum, Delhi
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rear view of a Ghandaran sculpture of a female figure in the Delhi Museum taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. From the first and second centuries AD onwards, Northern Pakistan was famous for it's sculptural traditions. Known as Gandhara, it was ruled by a group of Chinese origin known as the Kushans. They were Buddhists and under their rule, the religion and the arts associated with it were allowed to flourish. The reign of the Kushan king Kanishka, is particularly well known for its artistic achievements and it was during his reign, from approximately 78 AD onwards, that we find the first examples of the Graeco-Roman influenced Gandharan style of sculpture. The classical influence on the sculptures in this photograph is shown by the draped clothing that the figures wear and the head-dress that the sculpture on the right is crowned with.