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    Stair-riser length showing nāgīs playing music and dancing. From right to left a damaged female figure is turned towards a dancer who, with her right leg raised and right arm flung out, turns towards a figure playing, with finger or plectrum, what seems a similar string instrument to that noticed in the preceding piece, its neck or rod too held in the left hand. Beyond her a drummer and cymbalist look to their right, the former striking her cross-hatched drum with her right hand, and the last figures, both very damaged, are a dancer and a flautist. All seem to wear anklets, scarf, tunic and paridhāna round it with a fall of gathered drapery at the front, wreath headdresses, and have curving serpents rising from their backs.


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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: 17.4 centimetres
    • Width: 43.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5.2 centimetres (as visible)
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1996:
    The damaged horizontal framing elements are those of BM 1880.54. On the left a plain vertical framing element suggests the beginning or end of the sequence. See BM 1880.36 for the relationship of this length with it, BM 1880.40 and 30.

  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 337 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    1.Grey schist, broken and exfoliated. 2.Top flat and smooth with incised 'J' and '9', sides rough and irregular, bottom flat with chisel grooves. 3.Back, as visible, of irregular depth and set in plaster against a slate back secured by pins. 4.Red-painted '9' on left 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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