Tepe Shotor After 1980. Hadda, Nangarhar Province.
This was an irretrievable loss. Decline had been noticeable since early in the 6th century CE, however. The Persian Sasanians defeated the Kushans in 241 CE and ruled for a couple of hundred years, losing out later for about a hundred years to nomadic Hephthalites from Central Asia (ca. 450-565), who themselves became satraps when the Sasanians returned. It was a chaotic period. A lively eye-witness account by Fa Hasien traveling from China in 420 CE speaks of the wealth and ceremony at major shrines, but Sung-yun, the Tibetan, in 530, hints that earlier convictions were being tested, and after yet another century the Chinese pilgrim Hsuen-tsung, writing in 632, tells of ruined stupas foretelling the close of this brilliant period at Jalalabad.
Photo: Nancy Dupree
- acku Afghanistan
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- NATIONAL MUSEUM II: CE (Common Era)