- Museum number
Object: The Interpretation of Queen Māyā's Dream.
Object: The Birth of the Buddha (incomplete).
Stupa drum panel showing the Interpretation of the Dream and the Birth in two scenes read from right to left. Māyā and Śuddhodana, seated in European fashion on a high, rectangular, draped seat with cushion, turn towards Asita. Māyā wears a long overgarment draped from her left shoulder over a long tunic almost covering her feet, a necklace, earrings and hair tied into a chignon or looped at the back. A head only, with similar hairstyle, looks between her and the king towards Asita. Śuddhodana wears his uttarīya in the narrow mode showing a muscular chest, paridhāna, collar, earrings and crested turban. Both rest their feet on ornamented footstools and raise their right hands; Śuddhodana's, at right angles to himself, just touches the raised right of Asita, while Māyā's damaged right arm seems to be held against the shoulder. Asita, who is seated on a draped, round cane stool, wears an uttarīya, is bearded and has a coiled chignon. A male head with diadem looks down at them.
The incomplete Birth scene shows Māyā in a short tunic over a paridhāna, hair looped into a chignon behind, grasping a branch barely visible and holding the female attendant generally called her sister, who stands with one arm outstretched in almost three-quarter view from the back, similarly dressed but with wreath headdress and a loop of hair down the back. Beside the female assistant a male figure with a chignon, long hair, uttarīya and paridhāna joins his hands, while beyond Māyāa damaged Indra proffers the swaddling cloth to the damaged infant.
Common to all the figures are an elongation of body and long thin faces with rounded and protruding eyes.
The surviving framed and tapering divider columns have Corinthian capitals and the usual base mouldings. There is a sawtooth cornice above and, below, a plain fillet.
- Production date
Diameter: 7.70 centimetres
Height: 12.60 centimetres
Width: 32.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
For the story and iconography of the Birth see 1880.227.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken, pitted and worn.
2.Top flat and very pitted with cramp mortise to each side and beside that on right a mason's mark.
3.Bottom flat and pitted.
4.Both sides, where undamaged, flat and smooth and sloping inwards to the back.
5.Back with some vertical chisel grooves.
6.Curved in section.
- Associated events
Associated Event: Dream of Queen Maya
Associated Event: Birth of Buddha
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from G. F. Lawrence. This piece was part of lot 442 at the George Arnold sale, Gravesend, 13-14 June 1911.
- Registration number