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Height: 22.500 cm
Width: 37.500 cm
Depth: 5.500 cm
Brooke Sewell Fund
Asia OA 1966.10-17.1
Room 33: Asia
Schist relief panel depicting the division of the Buddha's relics
From Gandhara, 2nd century AD
According to the ancient Sanskrit text, the
A table with thick, elaborately turned legs dominates the panel. A densely worked textile covers it, on which sit eight reliquaries. Drona stands behind the table, in the middle of the scene, flanked by the princes. Only one claimant survives next to him on this relief, the others have obviously been damaged. Guards holding spears flank the table legs.
In the next frame stands a bare torsoed female figure with one hand on her hip, and the other holding on to the branch of a tree, reminiscent of the common pose of Indian Shalabhanjika Yakshis seen at sites like Sanchi.
W. Zwalf (ed.), Buddhism: art and faith (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
W. Zwalf, A catalogue of the Gandhara sc, 2 vols. (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)