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