126. A Hephthalite Green Phyllite Oval Plaque

Greater Gandhara, 5th–7th century AD
Size: 8.5 × 13.5 cm 

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This remarkable plaque shows a scene of a princely figure drinking from a bowl and seated with a courtesan playing a harp. The facial features of the powerfully built man are distinctly Hephthalite, and probably represent King Napki Malka.

Published: O. Bopearachchi, C. Landes, C. Sachs, De l’Indus à l’Oxus. Archéologie de l’Asie Centrale, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Montpellier, 2003, no. 317

Provenance: Private collection, UK