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Probable Indo-Greek king, Bharhut, 2nd century BCE.

Personal drawing, released under GDFL.

Photo of the same relief:

Boardman comments on this relief: "One striking figure of a warrior decorating one of the balustrade posts has often been discussed, and sometimes even described as a Greek. He is certainly meant to be a foreigner, perhaps more generically foreign than specific in nationality, and most of his dress probably belongs somewhere in Parthia, but... his head with the curly short hair and headband with flying ends is Greek. .. The warrior's dress is gathered in vertical folds between his legs... It has no local antecedents and looks most like Greek Late Archaic mannerism." (Boardman, The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity)

Susan Huntington, in her book "The art of ancient India" positively identifies the subject as a Greek king in India.

The sword is decorated with the Buddhist symbol of the triratana.

See also: Close-up photograph and descriptions


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