Ivories From Begram, Kapisa Province.
Decorated plaques (h. 13.80 cm.) in high relief depicting scantily dressed women (few, if any, males feature in the ivories) typical of female figures found in Indian stone architecture. These plaques were affixed to the back of a 3-meter-long couch by copper nails. Here in a torana (archway) a woman carrying her baby on her left hip lifts her right foot to touch the trunk of an ashoka tree, a symbol of fertility. The varied graceful postures of the legs suggest these ladies might be dancers. These portrayals accord with ideal classic forms for women descried in early Indian literature, but rarely featured in the plastic arts to the extent they were seen at Begram.
Photo: Louis Dupree from J. Auboyer
- acku Afghanistan
- Image Size
- 6164x3929 / 5.0MB
- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM II: CE (Common Era)