Marble Foot. Ai Khanoum, Takhar Province.
East of the administrative center, abutting the main avenue, there was a prominent sanctuary referred to as the Temple Within the Walls that was constructed by a Selucid king. It is one of the city's earliest structures. Judging from this fragment of an Helenistic marble sandaled left foot which is 3 times the length of a human foot, the temple was dedicated to a colossal seated cult figure fully 5-6 meters tall. It was the custom at that time to attach marble feet and hands to bodies modeled in unbaked clay around a wooden armature. Decorations on the sandal suggest Zeus' thunderbolt, but the temple is distinctly oriental in its architectural form and non-Greek in its conception. It seems likely, therefore, that the cult figure may have been a syncretic creation combining attributes of both a Greek and an Oriental (Persian) deity.
Photo: Louis Dupree
- acku Afghanistan
- Image Size
- 3327x2504 / 2.7MB
- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM I - BCE (Before Common Era)