H. Hargreaves, Handbook to Sculptures in Peshawar Museum, 1930, Pl. 8 (a) E.Esperandieu, Recueil General de bas-reliefs, statues et bustes de la Gaule romaine, Paris 1916, Vol.6, p. 421 for Western parrallels. W.Zwalf, The Shrines of Gandhara 1979, pl.28.
Bracket relief panel depicting a winged Triton, schist, 2nd-3rd century, Gandhara.
Height: 20 cm, Length: 31 cm, Depth: 6.5 cm
South-East Asia, room 47a
Motifs such as the winged triton holding a spear illustrate the liberal borrowings that the Gandharan school made from the Hellenistic west. The majority of Gandharan Buddhist buildings were constructed in brick. Stone was largely confined to the decorative reliefs. This relief still exhibits the tenons used to secure it in its original architectural setting.
A right-angle braket with two shallow tenons on the base. The triton is bearded, winged and has a long dragon-like tail., ram's hoofs on his feet and holds a spear in his right hand.
The relief depicts a winged triton holding a spear., his upper form resembling a centaur whist the lower body metamorphoses into an acquatic serpentine form.