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.
- Made in: Gandhara
- (Asia,South Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Peshawar,Gandhara)
- Found/Acquired: Jamalgarhi
- (Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Jamalgarhi)
- Height: 11.3 inches
- Width: 29.2 centimetres
- Diameter: 4.1 centimetres (as visible)
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.
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.
From the Archaeological Survey of India, according to an old British Museum label, which also refers to Jamalgarhi.
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Object reference number: RRI1322
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