Stupa drum panel showing perhaps the Intervention of Ananda. The haloed Buddha sits with his over-robe covering both shoulders and with a high and almost pointed neckline; the edges fall in relief from the forearm of his abhaya hand to the seat, while gathered drapery hangs from his pendent left hand and spreads on the seat. The drapery folds are shown by paired grooves. The head is oval, the damaged face slightly smiling and the wavy hair continues into the u??i?a above a raised hairline. Beside and above the halo are dense leafy branches and the strewn rectangular seat has a moulded plinth and a scrolled face. To the Buddha's right a woman offers a long cylindrical and tapering object like a flask, with a groove round it at the top and bottom, not greatly resembling the garland suspended by a cord seen in BM 1892.0801.7. She wears a large headdress like a segmented wreath, a paridhana round her sleeved tunic covering her left leg in two straight edges, a narrow scarf, an earring, bracelets and anklets; the woman behind her is similarly dressed but for the paridhana and joins her hands. Farther back are two worshipping male figures with crested turbans and ornaments, one wearing the uttariy to cover the body, the other in the narrow mode. Above are three half-length ornamented figures, all in uttariya, holding petals or flowers on a stalk in their raised right hands; two are turbaned. On the Buddha's left stands a monk, his hairline barely visible and his robe, with paired grooves defining folds, worn with one shoulder bare and the upper undergarment visible. Two monks are seated behind him, both with hands covered in the over-robe, which has a raised and slightly pointed neckline, broad ridges or grooves for garment folds, and lies spread in a straight edge below the lap. Their obliquely placed and strewn rectangular seats have a moulded plinth and scrolled pattern on one face and triangles containing each a small indented triangle on the other. Above them are three turbaned figures like those opposite but holding flowers in large bunches or on a stalk in one hand. They all have protruding rounded eyes and crude features while the other figures on the panel have open eyes and better-cut faces with hints of expressions. Above, between fillets, is an ovolo with a sharply cut leaf pattern pointing to the left; the framing fillet below is plain.
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