They appear to have been aboriginal inhabitants before the Hindu invasion. The mountaineers of the Himalayas are in race more akin to the Chinese. Established Hindu chronology is found in the line of Magadha. We can fix the King Ajata Satru, who ruled, in the time of Gotama, in the middle of the sixth century B.C. Some generations later comes Chandragupta undoubtedly the Sandracottus of Diodorus.
Palma Vecchio also deserves serious consideration as possible author of the "Shepherd Boy." Crowe and Cavalcaselle, ii. 144. Morelli, ii. 212. Quoted by Morelli, ii. 212, note. Crowe and Cavalcaselle, ii. 155. Crowe and Cavalcaselle also cite a portrait in the Casa Ajata at Crespano; as I have never seen this piece I cannot discuss it.