- Museum number
- Object: The Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine.
Stupa drum panel showing the Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine. The Buddha is seated in abhaya, the robe secured in the left hand above the lap with the gathered drapery spreading onto the seat. The folds are mainly in dense curved grooves and ridges. His face is globular with open eyes, a moustache, a sharp chin and an incised ūrṇā. The high uṣṇīṣa is tied by a band above hair in crescentic grooves from the centre of the forehead. The tree above has luxuriantly leafy branches, and the strewn rectangular seat a moulded plinth.
On the Buddha's right a headless figure with hands joined, a paridhāna, and an uttarīya in the narrow mode with an end hanging on the left, shows traces of a halo behind the neck. A similarly dressed figure opposite with knotted girdle, but also wearing double bracelets and a collar, may also be haloed.
The framed column has a fillet and astragal under a Corinthian capital with distinct circular lower element, volutes, a ribbed central acanthus in between, an abacus and, below, a plinth, a torus and fillets.
- Production date
Diameter: 5.30 centimetres
Height: 25.10 centimetres
Width: 38.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
Despite damage, the flanking figures with vestiges of haloes suggest Brahmā and Indra.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and exfoliated.
2.Top partly flat, pitted and with remains of rectangular tenons; left side flat and sloping inwards to back; right side straight, thin and very pitted; bottom flat, partly smooth and with remains of rectangular tenons.
3.Back with short chisel marks.
4.Curved in section.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from General C. S. MacLean.
- Registration number