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ARCHAEOLOGY AND COINS

museum there is a rich collection of the sculptures recovered from the Peshawar Valley, the ancient Gandhara. They exhibit strong traces of Greek influence. The best age of Gandhara sculpture was probably over before the reign of Kanishka. The site of the famous town of Taxila is now a protected area, and excavation there may yield a rich reward.

Fig. 76. Colonnade in Kuwwat ul Islam Mosque.

Muhammadan Architecture.— The Muhammadan architecture of North-Western India may be divided into three periods:

(a) The Pathan .. 1191-1320
(b) The Tughlak .. 1320-1556
(c) The Moghal .. 1556-1753

In the Pathan period the royal builders drew their inspiration from Ghaznf, but their work was also much