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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Stair-riser length showing musicians. From right to left, a woman in a tunic and draped overgarment, wearing earrings and playing the double flute, turns towards a woman drummer. A male, wearing a plunging overgarment (compare BM 1939.0119.18) and holding a kantharos, touches the breast of a woman in a high-girt long tunic and a draped overgarment, who reaches out to his chin. Beside her is a similarly dressed woman with pan-pipes and beyond her a clothed woman embraces, and is embraced by, a naked and inebriated man whose genitals she may be touching. A vestigial framing fillet and cavetto are above.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 13.6 centimetres
    • Width: 42.3 centimetres
    • Diameter: 3.5 centimetres (as visible)
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1996:
    See BM 1880.31 for the relationship of this length with it.

  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 331 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    1.Grey schist, broken, chipped, cracked and exfoliated. 2.Remains of top roughly flat with incised 'J' and '16'; sides straight and rough; uneven line of break at bottom made up with plaster base moulding. 3.Back, as visible, of irregular depth and set in plaster against a slate back secured by pins. 4.Red-painted '16' on left of plaster make-up of plinth.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    From the Archaeological Survey of India, according to an old British Museum label, which also refers to Jamalgarhi.

  • Department


  • Registration number


Stair riser relief. Musicians. Made of stone (schist).

Stair riser relief. Musicians. Made of stone (schist).

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