Barger, E. and Wright, P., ‘Excavations in Swat and Explorations in the Oxus Territories of Afghanistan, a detailed report of the 1938 expedition’, Memoirs of the Archaeological Survey of India, vol. 64, Calcutta, 1941.
Relief panel with three worshippers, greenish schist, 1st century AD, Swat valley.
Height: 0.24 m, Length: 0.215 m
Acquired from Evert Barger, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Bristol and Philip Wright, V&A Museum, as part of the collection of finds excavated during their expedition to the Swat valley in 1938. This is no. 318 in Barger's lists.
This fragment shows three worshippers aligned one behind the other. The third one has no head and the lower part of the panel is badly damaged. They all wear antariya on their lower bodies and uttariya looped across their bodies and left shoulders. The central and hand figure have their hair knotted into top knots, that on the right has ribbed hair , while the central one has circular curls. The badly damaged left hand figure and the central one hold their hand together in the anjali position in adoration, while the man on the right holds up his right hand with the palm outermost against his chest. Both the surviving figures wear heavy bangles and neck jewellery comprising flat collars (kanthas) and breast chains, and cylindrical plug earrings.