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, pl.V 5.
Fragmentary relief of two figures, grey schist, 2nd Century AD, Swat Valley.
Height: 18 cm, Length: 24 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. This is nos 143 and 144 in Barger's lists.
This fragment is broken into two parts. On the left there is a figure of a woman, with her face turned slightly to her left. The stone relief is broken off at a point just above her knee, wearing a sleeved tunic of Iranian style over an antariya. The neckline dips down between her breasts exposing a kantha (flat necklace) with two arrow-head-shaped pendants. Her hair appears as a curving fringe under a chaplet-type headdress, the top of which is missing. She is also wearing cylindrical plug earrings. The woman is shown standing against a drapery with her left hand holding something shaped like a garland which is now lost that loops across to the missing left arm of the man on the right.
He is badly damaged and only his head survives in any detail. He too is looking to his left with heavy lidded eyes and incised pupils , similar to those of the woman. Both have small, slightly retroussé noses (hers is a bit damaged) and smallish mouths with full lower lips. The man sports a drooping curved moustache and has rich jewellery in his ear and round his neck. He has two wreaths in his hair, the lower one of leaves and the upper wider one made up of flower-heads.