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Hadda, in Eastern Afghanistan, was once located in the ancient state of Gandhara.  This Greco-Buddhist site is known for its monasteries and the 23,000 sculptures of clay and plaster recovered there during 20th century excavations. This blend of Hellenistic and Buddhist iconography was then transmitted to China, Korea, and Japan. Sadly, Hadda has been the subject of repeated lootings and has been stripped of many of its artifacts, some of which have since surfaced on the illegal art market. The famous monastery and stupa complex, Tepe Shortor, has been pillaged and destroyed and much of what was not removed by looters was devastated during the Civil War of the 1980s. Hadda remains, however, a remarkable site and one of considerable beauty.

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