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John Burke 
Buddhist tomb near Ali Masjid 
1878-1879 
  
Albumen print 
22.8 x 28.7 cm (image) 
  
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501370 
  
 
LL/93727 
  
Photograph of a Buddhist tomb near Ali Masjid. The stone tomb is tiered and has ornate carvings of the Buddha and animals. Sections of the tomb are damaged and the upper right corner is crumbling away. There are mountains behind. The photographer John Burke travelled with the Peshawar Valley Field Force during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80), one of a series of conflicts between Britain and Russia over control of Afghanistan. As well as photographing key strategic sites and soldiers involved in the conflict he also captured interesting archaeological sites.
 
From the collection of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 
 

 
  
 
  
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