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Fragment from a larger composition with a small chapel containing a Bodhisattva preaching. The preaching and haloed Bodhisattva wears the usual ornaments, except for the necklace over the right shoulder, and a crested turban with a central columnar ornament on a small mount. His head is oval, his face full with narrow, slanting, heavy-lidded eyes. He sits in the opening under a sawtooth arch of a double-domed chapel supported by an engaged pilaster and an undercut column, fully carved on three sides and with a Corinthian capital. Above and below the column is a railing motif which is repeated round the lower dome below its vine-leaf enrichment, and at the side of the lower dome is a large, bordered, semi-circular panel containing a half-rosette. Above the plain neck with a small central aperture the upper dome rests on brackets of cyma reversa profile; the lotus enrichment with banners is as on BM 1963.0522.2 except for the additional damaged parrots. The whole rests on what appears to have been a sawtooth cornice over a lion-headed corbel and the left side seems to have been at the edge of the presumed original larger panel.
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Diameter: 6 centimetres
Height: 18.50 centimetres
Width: 9.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
For examples of the turbaned teaching Bodhisattva in a similar ancillary structure on preaching Buddha panels see Lahore 1135 and Peshawar 1554.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, with soil incrustation.
2.Carved round sides except for diagonal surface which is keyed to aid attachment.
3.Chisel marks on surviving bottom.
4.Dense, thin, diagonal chisel grooves at back.
5.Traces of red colour in the incrustation (compare BM 1965.0801.4).
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- Acquisition notes
- Collected by Dr H. W. Bellew.
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