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Stupa drum panel perhaps showing the Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine. The haloed Buddha is seated, wearing an overrobe with mainly terraced drapery folds. Above him is a broken canopy of branches and his strewn seat is plain with a moulded plinth. On his left a youthful curly-haired Vajrapāṇi kneels with a vajra held diagonally to his left shoulder. Farther to his left two kneeling figures, both with a crested turban, uttarīya and paridhāna, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, join their hands. Behind them, greatly damaged, stand three figures, all haloed and similarly dressed with a necklace or collar. On the Buddha's right three kneeling figures with straight or curly hair and chignons secured by fillets and in uttarīya join their hands, and four damaged, apparently all similar and haloed figures stand behind, one perhaps holding flowers.
The framed Persepolitan column at the side with a capital of addorsed bulls under an abraded lion's head is engaged in a semi-circular field.
The first figure on the Buddha's left is presumably Indra, accompanied by his entourage, the first on the right Brahmā with his fellow deities, and the subject could be the 'Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine' mentioned, unless this is a general adoration scene.
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Diameter: 6.70 centimetres
Height: 14.70 centimetres
Width: 39.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The Buddha and the turbaned figures in particular stand out in lively relief, allowing an uncommon degree of highlighting, all the faces are soft, most are oval and with protruding rounded eyes and the postures and composition combine into an unusually successful rhythm. While the workmanship is here of a much higher standard, a common source seems likely with BM 1940.0713.2, which also shares the treatment of the framing columns.
For a very similar composition with standing gods in the background and where the deities, kneeling somewhat differently, are also haloed see Delhi 48.3/38. Indra and Brahmā gods also appear on Peshawar 1990 (Sehrai, 1985: fig. 35), where two turbaned gods, one only with a necklace, stand on the Buddha's left and two gods on his right have coiled and bun-chignons, and on Peshawar 1915, where Indra, wearing a cylindrical cap, is flanked by a turbaned figure and the Brahmā opposite seems to have had a companion; the three complete flanking figures are haloed. On Rome MNAOR 1208/Butkara 2913-30142 only one figure, the elder Brahmā, kneels while the younger stands, and this pattern is repeated on Indra's side.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken and chipped.
2.Top and bottom flat, partly smooth with modern holes drilled for wooden plugs; both sides flat and partly smooth and sloping inwards to back.
3.Back with diagonal chisel grooves.
4.Curved in section.
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- Associated Event: Entreaty to Preach the Doctrine (probably)
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