- Museum number
Part of a Corinthian capital like the preceding piece. The two complete angles have volutes, the 'pulvinus' between with three vertical foliate bands. The moulded abacus is further relieved by a prominent fillet and two open lotuses and two rosettes from undulating stalks on each side of the central projection. Acanthus entirely covers the recessed projection, but in the re-entrants are the plain upper edges of the indistinct inner volutes; there are ten leaves as in the preceding piece, two under each pair of volutes, another at each of the re-entrants under the inner volute and four on the projection. All have a drooping lobe, two of which form a canopy over the central Buddha. The points are nearly all damaged. The haloed Buddha is seated in abhaya on the obconical gynoecium of a lotus with downturned petals; his face is lost. His robe covers both shoulders; a thick edge runs down from the raised right wrist and the usual gathered drapery hangs from under the left hand. The carving along the sides is less elaborate and on the right shows no sign of continuing into an adjacent piece.
- Production date
Diameter: 19 centimetres
Height: 10.60 centimetres
Width: 42.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
This piece was formerly exhibited and published with BM 1892.0801.17 but there is no documentation to justify combining them.
- On display (G33/dc50b/s1)
- Exhibition history
Exhibition: "Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan", Tokyo National Museum, 5 Aug-5 Oct 2003; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, 18 Oct-21 Dec 2003
- 1.Schist, broken and cracked. Carbonaceous muscovite-quartz-chloritoid-phyllite (Reedy in Errington and Cribb, 1992: 271 [no. 203] and figs 49-50). See also Newman, 1992: 164-5; 173.
2.Top flat with smooth and faint remains of'8' in black3 and a cramp mortise at each side to back; bottom flat with curved outline in front and incised 'J'; sides carved but only left, which is shorter, is carved all way to back.
3.Back slopes down inward with vertical chisel grooves.
- Acquisition notes
- From the Archaeological Survey of India.
- Registration number