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John Burke 
Buddhist monument Sphola Stupa in the Khyber Pass 
1878-1879 
  
Albumen print 
23.6 x 29.4 cm (image) 
  
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501352 
  
 
LL/93715 
  
Photograph of the Buddhist monument Sphola Stupa in the Khyber Pass. The monument is on a high rocky ledge and consists of a stone mound supported by a tiered base. Large sections of the stone have fallen away, particularly to the right of the mound. A man is standing on the top of the mound, and another man is standing on a pile of rubble to the right. There is a valley beyond with steep mountains rising behind it. 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. His images from the war capture landscapes, key strategic sites and soldiers involved in the conflict.
 
From the collection of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 
 

 
  
 
  
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