Two Indo-Corinthian capitals carved with figures of Surya, from Loriyan Tangai, Peshawar District
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of two Indo-Corinthian capitals carved with figures of Surya from Loriyan Tangai, Peshawar district taken by Alexander Caddy in 1896. In this photograph we can view the top of the column known as the capital. The Corinthian capital is a distinctively Greek architectural feature, yet from the first century AD onwards they became popular in Peshawar district. Graeco-Roman influence affected not only architectural features but a variety of artistic traditions. Sculpture is a notable example of this phenomena, as the large quantities of statues found in the Peshawar district, that constitute the Gandharan style, were heavily influenced by classical forms. 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'. The deity carved into the capital is Indian and known as Surya, who is associated with the sun.