- Museum number
Railing coping (uṣṇīṣa) carved in limestone:
- on its inner face with a regal procession of horses, men and elephants passing through a city gate in the direction of a torana (gateway) leading to an Enlightenment scene with bodhi tree and empty throne. On the proper left is a stupa-like throne worshipped by monks. On the extreme proper right is a seated, haloed princely figure (Siddhartha in the Tushita Heaven?). Inscribed.
-The outer face is lost.
- Production date
Height: 77.50 centimetres
Thickness: 20 centimetres
Width: 225 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Barrett remarks that this scene could be that of the Assault of the Demon King, Mara, likening it to a similar relief at Madras (Chennai). There are no demons in the procession, however, and this view is unlikely to be correct.
- Not on display
- The entire outer face is lost and the piece is badly damaged at its proper right end. The lower border (inscribed) is abraded and broken at both ends. The whole is cracked from end to end and the sculptures much abraded in parts. It was found in three parts (one large and two small), hence the three Elliot nos. and the three images in Tripe 1859.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Enlightenment of the Buddha
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired as the result of the abolition in 1879 of the India Museum (Exhibition Road, London) and the partition of its contents between the British Museum and The South Kensington Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum).
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Elliot nos 29+77+89
Miscellaneous number: IM 1876 no 62