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- Object: The Buddha preaching between two Bodhisattvas.
Panel showing the Buddha preaching between two Bodhisattvas. The Buddha sits, the drapery folding grooved and paired. The head is globular and the wavy hair forms successive bands from ear to ear into the uṣṇīṣa, which is secured by a fillet. The face is flat, the eyes long and oblique with heavy projecting lids. The ears are close to the head and the ūrṇā a large incised circle. The thumb and index finger of the lower hand join and touch the bottom of the upper hand; the other fingers bend inwards but also join the bottom of the upper hand. The Buddha's seat has radiating stamens and centrally grooved, double-outlined petals. Behind the Buddha, in low relief, is a plain rectangular throne back with a large halo above.
Originally two worshippers knelt, hands joined, beside the lotus base. The surviving figure wears an uttarīya and has a hairstyle of wide and curled vertical bands. Flanking the Buddha himself stand two haloed Bodhisattvas with plump faces and long narrow eyes below heavy, sharply cut lids. Both wear the uttarīya in the wide mode, and the drapery folds are mainly in paired grooves. Both have collars and necklaces with a central ornament, earrings and bracelets; the figure on the Buddha's right wears a crested turban with retaining bands; the other, Maitreya, has a small double-looped chignon with a pointed ornament in front and a beaded diadem below. Both hold the right hand to shoulder level, and where it survives, in the case of Maitreya, palm inwards. The turbaned figure holds the left hand on the hip; Maitreya is turned away, except for the head, and holds a damaged water pot; on his right upper arm is the vestige of an armlet. Above each figure a parasol, with a small festoon at the edge and pendent garlands, appears to support a Buddha in 'dhyānamudra', hands wrapped, in the surviving instance with an oval head and protruding rounded eyes. These Buddhas, their robes showing paired grooves, are seated against a nimbus and aureole. At the top, between them, is a canopy of three flowers with acanthus-like petals and what must have been a beaded garland in their centres. Below the Buddha the remains of a register show three Buddhas each seated on a similar lotus in 'dhyānamudra' with hands covered, one with his head turned inwards. An adult female and child stand with hands joined at one end. Corresponding figure(s) may have stood opposite.
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Diameter: 7.60 centimetres
Height: 39.40 centimetres
Width: 28 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The loss at the bottom could be ancient, and reuse in a protected position may explain the excellent state of the panel. See 1887.0717.488 for this iconography.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, chipped and partly cut away.
2.Top flat and rough; left side roughly flat with bottom corner neatly away with smooth edges but not to entire depth of slab; right side flat; bottom flat and mainly smooth.
3.Back generally flat with some exfoliation and vertical from bottom cramp mortise.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Messrs Spink and Son.
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