Harry Falk, "Buddhist" Metalwork from Gandhara

Fumigating elephant with its constituents assembled. Metalwork, Gandhara.
<br>Photo: author.
Fumigating elephant with its constituents assembled. Metalwork, Gandhara.
Photo: author.





Contributing to an “Archaeology of Religion” (G. Schopen), the paper deals with a) small metal hooks, used for procuring flowers from trees and lakes for Buddhist worship; b) a hollow metal elephant used as an incense burner in a house altar; c) brass ewers necessary for donation rituals, reduced to scrap metal; d) a metal door probably once closing a meditation cell. The cultural and technological background of the ewers is examined as well as the place of their home monastery, which leads to a re-examination of the site where the Buddha washed his clothes in the Swat Valley.