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1. Wall Fragment
Afghanistan
10th Century
H. 29 cm, W. 13 cm, D. 5 cm ; H. 9", W. 5", D. 2"
Wall Fragment

Fragment of a wall with relief sculpture carved into stone depicting seated figures and a pillar.

The limited remnants of ancient art and architecture in Afghanistan tells a tale of influence from the Greeks and Romans, as well as neighbouring China and India. This exotic blend of classical European and ancient oriental styles is found in frescoes, stucco decorations and statuary all over the country. This fusion of styles can be found in a small number of remaining fragments of stone relief work, which are intricate and beautiful pieces that bear witness to times of wealth and prosperity in a country whose troubles seem endless in recent history.

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