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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This headless limestone statue of King Kanishka from Surkh Kotal site is famous for its unique artistic influences from Central Asian art. It is one of the key objects in the National Museum, as it is the only sculpted depictions of Afghanistan’s greatest ruler. The statue was founded at the entrance of the courtyard of the Sorkh Kotal temple.

History of the Object
This is part of a limestone statue depicting a standing man. It is broken at waist and is fixed into a plinth. Possibly it could be a representation of Kanishka, an emperor of Kushan Dynasty, wearing a long trapezoidal kaftan adorned with beads and pipal leaves, over puffy pants and boots.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Lime Stone 
Measurements
Height; 133 cm, Width; 98 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Baghlan 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 2nd century 
Creation date
1 Century CE- 2nd Century CE, Kushan period 
Function
 
Acquisition
Excavated from Sorkh Kotal site in the province of Baghlan, by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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    AD 6th century ~ AD 9th century
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    AD 11th century ~ AD 13th century
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