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
curved cornice with rosettes, grey schist, 1st century AD, Swat Valley.
Height: 0.255 m, Length: 0.07 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.64 in Barger's lists.
Ackermann, Hans Christoph. Narrative stone reliefs from Gandhara in theVictoria and Albert Museum in London : catalogue and attempt at a stylistic history Rome : IsMEO, 1975. p. 47-8, plate Ic.
The slightly curved fragment from a cornice is decorated with by a six-leaved and eight-leaved rosette at either end. Between these, on the ground sits a winged putto in an attitude of royal ease, resting his left arm on his left knee with his other knee raised under his right arm which gesticulates towards the long-tailed bird which is perched on and pecking at an overturned drinking vessel with its slender claw.