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Gandharan region, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Fragment of a frieze with putti and garlands 3rd century Creation Notes: Kushan period (2nd century BCE-3rd century CE)
Materials & Technique: sculptures, schist stone
Dimensions: 12.0 h x 59.2 w x 6.2 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Misses Nell and Grace Davies 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.1345
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with art dealership Barling of Mount Street, London, 1978 or before
  • which sold it to Misses Nell and Grace Davies, 10 October 1978
  • who gave it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1979

The region of Gandhara once encompassed parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Located on the busy trade route between China and the Mediterranean, the area was open to outside influences and invading forces. The artistic impact of incursions by Alexander the Great and his successors from the 4th century BCE is clearly shown in this frieze depicting naked cherubs holding swathes of garland. 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label