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Sculptural head - Bodhisattva


  • Object:

    Sculptural head

  • Place of origin:

    Pakistan (excavated in the Swat Valley, made)

  • Date:

    2nd-4th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved schist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A fragment from a carved figure of a Bodhisattva consisting of a face and front part of a turban. The features comprise sharp edges of eyebrows over heavily lidded narrow slanting eyes. The eyebrows meet in the middle over the bridge of the nose and beneath a flat and slightly raised urna. The face has full lips under a drooping moustache. The turban above has two bands ornamented with paired rows of circular link motifs knotted at the front under a cockade mounted with a lion's head.

Place of Origin

Pakistan (excavated in the Swat Valley, made)


2nd-4th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved schist

Object history note

Acquired from Evert Barger, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Bristol and Philip Wright, V&A Museum, as part of the collection of finds excavated during their expedition to the Swat valley in 1938.This is no.139 in Barger's lists.

Descriptive line

Fragmentary head of a Bodhisattva, carved schist

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barger, E. and Wright, P., ‘Excavations in Swat and Explorations in the Oxus Territories of Afghanistan, a detailed report of the 1938 expedition’, Memoirs of the Archaeological Survey of India, vol. 64, Calcutta, 1941





Subjects depicted

Turban; Buddhism




South & South East Asia Collection

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