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Gandharan region, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Fragment of a frieze with winged dragons and rider 3rd century Description: with Hercules figure and mythical creatures
Materials & Technique: sculptures, grey schist stone; grey schist
Dimensions: 17.3 h x 35.5 w x 4.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.1541
  • 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 Pan Asian Collection, 1972 or before
  • from which bought by Robert Hatsfield Ellsworth, New York
  • with art dealership Barling of Mount Street, London, 1984 or before
  • who sold it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1984 for GBP 6,000

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 winged dragons and a muscular figure.

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