- Museum number
- Object: The Archery Contest.
Panel showing the Archery Contest. The haloed Bodhisattva, standing with his back to the viewer, wears a short paridhāna, and below a chignon his hair runs in dense curves down to the neck. His thick cylindrical left arm is fully stretched, while his right draws back the bowstring and arrow to the ear. The muscular appearance of his back is enhanced by broad shoulders above his narrow waist. A figure in a flexed stance, with thick curls at the sides, moustache, collar of cylindrical beads, bracelet and paridhāna, holds a forked arrow, point downwards, across the body. Between this figure and the Bodhisattva appears the head, with chignon and moustache, of an observer. Beneath the bow a hairy, tailed monkey seems to be struggling to hold back a damaged cylindrical object which looks almost like a support for the bow rather than a quiver. The arrow points straight into the raised lotus-shaped centre of a target set into a tree.
The framed Corinthian columns have the usual base mouldings. On the right are vestiges of another scene. A plain fillet frames the panel below.
- Production date
Diameter: 5.80 centimetres
Height: 16 centimetres
Width: 33 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The association of a monkey with the Bodhisattva in the context of drawing a bow, and perhaps to impress his prospective father-in-law, recalls Rāma, a prince later aided by monkeys, whose successful handling of a bow impressed a future father-in-law, and may suggest, if not borrowing, common elements adopted in different ways into both stories.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, exfoliated and rejoined.
2.Top flat with some chisel marks; right-hand corner rejoined and made up with toned plaster, bottom flat and both with rectangular tenon; left side flat where undamaged; right side smoothed by plaster.
3.Back with broad, shallow, vertical chisel grooves.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: The Archery Contest
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Dr A. Jukes.
- Registration number