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Lotus roundel containing a tritoness. A tritoness occupies a lobed circular recess formed of five large lotus petals with raised edges. She kneels with her right arm akimbo, her left arm stretched out to hold by its tail a curved dolphin (compare with BM 1889.1016.1) which appears to be resting on, or nibbling, her left thigh. She has a coiled headdress on the back of the head, a long earring, a necklace and, between her thighs, a triangular leaf garment much simpler than that on BM 1889.1016.1. Only her right leg can be seen to end in a twisted tail. The central recess with the tritoness is framed in a double row of centrally grooved lotus petals which form a continuous encircling hump seen on such other lotuses as, for instance, BM 1952.1024.2, but they here fall at once and much more steeply to the edge of the roundel.
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Diameter: 19.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
As against the double-tailed triton (see BM 1880.57) the tritoness seems exceedingly rare in Gandhāra; while clearly part of the Western repertory with the additional marine attribute of the dolphin, also held by a marine deity on BM 1889.1016.1, she here inhabits the lotus roundel of Indian tradition which serves to enclose and honour a variety of occupants.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken, chipped and abraded.
2.Unevenly broken except possibly along a short, almost flat stretch on left.
3.Back uneven with short chisel marks.
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