Stair-riser length showing nāgas and nāgīs making music and dancing. From right to left two figures holding flowers are turned towards three other indistinct figures with an indeterminate object in between; an almost frontal lutenist, probably female, stands between them and the next group, a damaged male and a female piper flanking a dancer like that in BM 1880.40 but perhaps with both arms flung out; a female drummer on the right, and a lutenist and a musician holding a simple string instrument also seen in BM 1880.34 on the left, flank another similar dancer. Where they are distinct, they all appear to have serpents rising above them and to wear a paridhāna probably round a tunic, a wreath headdress, a scarf, necklace and anklets.
- Made in: Gandhara
- (Asia,South Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Peshawar,Gandhara)
- Found/Acquired: Jamalgarhi
- (Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Jamalgarhi)
- Height: 17.8 centimetres
- Width: 99 centimetres
- Diameter: 4.5 centimetres (as visible)
The damaged horizontal framing elements are those of BM 1880.54. See BM 1880.36 for the relationship of this length with it and with BM 1880.40 and 34. Judging by this piece and BM 1880.34, the instrument mentioned consists of a bowl resonator with a rod inserted into its side or body and held vertically with the resonator at the top.
1.Grey schist, greatly exfoliated and rejoined from two pieces. 2.Top flat with chisel grooves and incised on each of the rejoined parts with 'J' and '9' and with mason's mark on left edge only; sides straight and rough, bottom flat and rough on one rejoined piece and made up in plaster on the other. 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.
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: RRI1312
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