- Museum number
- Object: The Dīpaṃkara jātaka.
Stupa drum panel showing two scenes, one of the Dīpaṃkara jātaka in two incidents, beneath two horizontal registers. From right to left, in the first scene, the haloed and damaged Dīpaṃkara is in abhaya and three-quarter view. The standing Megha raises his damaged right hand holding flowers, his left holds a broken water pot at his waist; he wears an ascetic's tunic with bared right shoulder and his hair is gathered into a chignon. Megha reappears below in a curved posture on hands and knees, hair perhaps extending below Dlpamkara's feet. An oblique doorway behind, with moulded sloping jambs, a rectangular threshold and an indistinct lintel, frame Prakṛti who holds a pot at her waist. Behind Dīpaṃkara a burly Vajrapāṇi with tightly curled hair holds his vajra along the line of his narrow plunging uttarīya, which just reveals the genitals. Behind him are two monks in rhythmically curved stance, their right arms in the robe across the chest and the left hanging down with a curved gathering of drapery to the bottom of the garment.
In the next scene, in the centre, a turbaned and haloed figure with uttarīya and paridhāna, and showing a muscular chest and arm, stands with one arm down, the other on the hip, wearing the usual ornaments. Beside him his queen is seated on a long draped seat, her raised right hand holding a lotus; she wears a wreath headdress with protruding loop of hair and ornaments. The kneeling figure on each side appears to be female, with anklets and girdles, and hands joined. Behind and beside each suppliant a pair of similar standing females join hands and hold flowers. All the female figures on this panel appear to wear a tunic with a paridhāna round it; features, where they survive, are sharp with rounded eyes.
Flanking the scenes are framed columns with faceted (incomplete) tapering shafts under Corinthian capitals and with tori at the bases recalling pots. Above are an ovolo with pointed leaf enrichment under a fillet and a chequerboard register of alternating blocks and recesses. At the top a register of arches on very summary Corinthian capitals of tapering pilasters, perhaps representing horizontal "S" brackets, contains a series of cult objects, some on rectangular draped bases. From right to left these are: a damaged disc; the Bodhisattva's crested turban; another disc (perhaps the sun disc or halo); an ascetic's hut or a small vihdra with domed roof; the Buddha's begging bowl; another turban; a draped urn; the vajra; another bowl; and a draped urn as more commonly known from the sequence of the Buddha's obsequies.
- Production date
Diameter: 6.20 centimetres
Height: 22 centimetres
Width: 53.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The subject of this scene is uncertain. It is perhaps a life-scene rather than a jātaka; the haloed figure may be Śuddhodana and the suppliants pleading to be allowed to care for the infant Bodhisattva.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken, very exfoliated and with soil incrustation.
2. Top flat with one central cramp mortise from front to back and w'th cornice indented for overlap of cramp and another to left side and open along cornice; left side flat and pitted and sloping inwards to back, right side very rough.
3.Bottom flat with thin slanting chisel grooves.
4.Back with thin vertical chisel grooves.
5.Curved in section.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Dipankara Jataka
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from General C- S. MacLean.
- Registration number