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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1902,1002.7

  • Description

    Part of the side of a false gable panel with two vertical registers, one of amorini and another of Buddhist scenes. The damaged amorini seem to be as in the preceding piece except that the second figure down, also frontal, is not extracting a thorn from the foot; the ornament on the left was evidently identical. Three damaged scenes survive below vestiges of a fourth. Reading downwards, the first scene shows the Buddha seated in abhaya and evidently receiving a bowl, presumably from a monkey, judging from the hairy but otherwise naked legs; no tail is visible. The corresponding figure on the Buddha's left is human and in uttarīya. This scene must be the Gift of Honey, for which see BM 1902.1002.31.
    In the second scene the Buddha raises his right hand and turns towards a worshipper in a crested turban and an uttarīya. Beside him Vajrapāṇi, almost naked, with a long narrow uttarīya, a vajra and what seems more like a lotus than a fly-whisk at shoulder level, is looking away. Two observing deities flank the Buddha's head.
    The third scene is the second reversed, the worshipper to the Buddha's left, while on the Buddha's right a similar Vajrapāṇi looks on and the observing deities are turbaned.
    The framing pilasters are as in the preceding piece.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 centimetres
    • Width: 32.4 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The findspot information is on a more legible scrap of paper pasted on the back of the slab: 'Was found in Gadal Hills in/Gadal village, Ilaka Chamla/ & given to the Hon'ble Colonel/Deane by Malik Jan Lall/ Tahsildar Sawabi on/25th February 1902'.

  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 259 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1902

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1902,1002.7

Figures (group of). 3 scenes from the life of Buddha and a narrow border of cupids. Made of stone (schist).

Figures (group of). 3 scenes from the life of Buddha and a narrow border of cupids. Made of stone (schist).

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