Fragments of a carved cornice,1st Century AD, grey schist, Swat Valley
Height: 15.9 cm, Length: 22.8 cm, Depth: 5 cm, :, Length: 15.9 cm, :, Length: 31 cm, Height: 3.1 cm, Depth: 5 cm
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. These pieces were Nos 62 and 63 in Barger's lists.
Two fragments of a projecting cornice. The smaller piece is decorated from the left with a foliated motif of four pipal leaves radiating from a central knob, the top half of an upright acanthus leaf and the bust of a woman raising a bowl in her right hand to her mouth. The larger piece is decorated, from the left, with the bust of a woman in profile facing right holding up a drinking vessel to her mouth in her left hand. Her head and shoulders are covered with her tutorial upright acanthus leaves curving in a mirror image of each other are carved next, separated by a vignette of two birds perched on the rim of a bowl.