Frieze fragment depicting putti holding up a garland

Details

  • Title

    Frieze fragment depicting putti holding up a garland

  • Associated place

    Gandhara (place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd - 4th century AD (AD 101 - 400)
  • Material and technique

    grey schist

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    12.2 x 51.5 x 6.5 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Reverend J. C. Murray-Aynsley, 1911.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAOS.4

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  • Catalogue text

    To what extent Graeco-Roman motifs and architectural ornaments were borrowed in Gandhara is well illustrated by this frieze of putti holding up a garland, the principal decoration of hundreds of Roman sarcophagi. Close inspection will show that the headdress (turbans) of the putti and their heavy anklets are of Indian inspiration, as well as the flower that takes the place of the winged putto between the bird-figures themselves a reversion to western classical types, more eagle than haṃsa (goose).

    In: Harle, J. C., and Andrew Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987)

Further reading

Harle, J. C., and Andrew Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987), no. 20 on p. 16, illus. p. 16

Jongeward, David, Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2019), no. 52 on p. 81

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