The Gandhara period was a highly evolved time for art and sculpture and yet there was a stylistic simplicity to the forms and depictions, particularly those of nature and natural elements. While much has been erased with time, what remains is both earthy and evocative. Taxila explores this idea through a rendering of its elements in a hand-drawn and simple style. It is bereft of flourish and swirl, and captures through its charcoal-like lines the essential charm of the eternal lotus; also a symbol of the Buddha, whose teachings were all pervasive in the Gandharan world. The trumpeting elephant, often found on coins issued by the Kshatrapas who ruled at the time, is inspired from a resist-dye textile most recently featured in the seminal exhibition at the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, titled “India and the World”.