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Source Image: PR85_4_01_11 of Saidu Sharif Museum: Relief Sculpture

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Description

Detail of a carving from the Swat Valley.

Monument
Saidu Sharif Museum: Relief Sculpture 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Schist (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 200 - pre ad 1000 
Keywords
Head  
Collections
Saidu Sharif, Museum  

Location

Original Location
Swat Valley 
Current Location
Saidu Sharif Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Hard
Description
The flat surfaces of the frame are worked very quickly and roughly with either a wide flat chisel or a flat axe of some sort.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The figures are worked roughly with a narrower flat chisel, with the corner of the chisel being used to define the details of the form.

Notes

This is a good example of a typical relief sculpture in green schist from the Swat Valley, a region where Gandharan sculpture flourished especially between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD.

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