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Relief - Relief


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Swat Valley (made)

  • Date:

    1st century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Grey Schist

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Barger and Wright

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

This curved relief shows a solid base with torus moulding. A young man is seen walking towards a hut (vihara) with a hemispherical dome on a circular base. On the left we see two ascetic figures, one kneeling and one sitting. This must be part of a scene, which is missing.

Place of Origin

Swat Valley (made)


1st century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Grey Schist


Height: 0.125 m, Length: 0.19 m

Object history note

Given by Barger and Wright

Descriptive line

Curved frieze showing a vihara and ascetics, 1st century AD, grey schist, Swat Valley, Gandhara.

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

p.69, pl. XIII b
Ackermann, Hans Christoph. Narrative Stone Reliefs from Gandhara in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Catalogue and Attempt at a Stylistic History. Reports and Memoirs. Director of the Series Giuseppe Tucci. Volume XVII. IsMEO, Rome, 1975.


Hand carved

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Buddhism; Architectural fittings


South & South East Asia Collection

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