- Museum number
- Object: The Marriage of the Buddha.
Panel showing the Marriage of the Bodhisattva. The haloed Bodhisattva, with crested turban, earrings and uttarīya in the wide mode with paridhāna top showing underneath, takes his bride's hand; she seems to wear a tunic with a draped overgarment also covering her head, earrings, bracelet, collar, perhaps necklace and anklets. The woman behind, similarly ornamented but lacking a collar and apparently bare to the waist, holds the bride's overgarment in one hand and may be resting her left hand palm downwards on her left shoulder. Beside the Bodhisattva a brāhmaṇa, with a chignon and his uttarīya worn in the wide mode, holds a 'homa' spoon in joined hands, while below a small seated personage holds a spoon over the fire between two globular water pots with necks of varying diameter.
- Production date
Diameter: 4.80 centimetres
Height: 16 centimetres
Width: 17.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
When the Bodhisattva had excelled in the martial and other accomplishments, he received his kinswoman in marriage. The Jātaka Introduction refers only in passing to the mother of Rāhula as the Bodhisattva's chief queen and the subsequent display of accomplishments as showing that the delights of the women's quarters had not sapped his manhood.
Scenes of the marriage ceremony show the Bodhisattva holding his bride's right hand with his own (pāṇigrahaṇa) as they take the seven steps (saptapadī) round the fire of Hindu tradition; below them is the ritual fire and one or more pots of water. A woman may carry the bride's train as here and sometimes a fanfare is blown.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, pitted, worn, repaired and with soil incrustation.
2.Top has smooth rebate forward with top of turban flat in continuation; sides flat and smooth where undamaged; bottom flat and with vestiges of rectangular tenon to each side.
3.Back uneven and with some horizontal chisel grooves.
4.Two male heads reattached.
5.Mason's mark on right on framing fillet.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Marriage of Buddha.
- Acquisition date
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