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    Stair-riser length showing nāgas and nāgīs making music and dancing. From right to left a very abraded figure holds her damaged right hand perhaps palm upwards at right angles to the wrist, a lutenist apparently raises her hand to the strings, a drummer, one hand raised to strike the drum, seems to wear a long draped overgarment from her left shoulder over a tunic and paridhāna and is turned towards a nāgī dancing, one leg raised, an arm flung out, head turned and her right hand held as supposed for the first figure; her paridhāna is worn round a tunic and appears gathered in front in a thick fall from the girdle and she wears a scarf tucked into it; beside her and turned towards the nāgīs is a male harpist in a crested turban and an uttarīya. All the females have serpents rising from them, as may the harpist, and wear wreath headdresses, collars, anklets and bracelets.


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  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Gandhara term details
    • (Asia,South Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Peshawar,Gandhara)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.3 inches
    • Width: 29.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 4.1 centimetres (as visible)
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1996:
    The damaged upper framing element is that of BM 1880.54. See BM 1880.36 for the relationship of this length with it and with BM 1880.30 and 34.

  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 335 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    1.Grey schist, broken and exfoliated. 2.Top flat and smooth with incised 'J', '9' and mason's mark close to right side; sides irregular. 3.Irregularly broken towards bottom and made up in plaster. 4.Back, as visible, of irregular depth and set in plaster against a slate back secured by pins. 5.Red-painted '9' on left of plaster make-up of plinth.

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  • Acquisition notes

    From the Archaeological Survey of India, according to an old British Museum label, which also refers to Jamalgarhi.

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Stair riser relief. Naga musicians and dancer. Made of stone (schist).

Stair riser relief. Naga musicians and dancer. Made of stone (schist).

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