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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1899,0609.12

  • Description

    Stupa drum framing element containing a Persepolitan column. The bell-shaped member is enriched with acanthus leaves, and the hemispheres above, separated by a plain cable, are decorated with centrally grooved lotus petals. Addorsed humped bulls and a rectangular lion's-head die support a voluted double bracket with sawtooth enrichment. The pot base, with an everted rim and lotus-petal enrichment under an undulating border round the middle, rests on a stepped plinth. Against the shaft and standing on the pot a male musician in girt knee-length tunic, collar and earrings strikes a circular drum with both hands; in a curious twisted stance he turns to his left above the waist, but below it he turns in the opposite direction and is seen partly from behind. The frame is enriched with an undulating line.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.5 centimetres
    • Width: 11.6 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1996:
    The circumference of the stupa drum implied by this element is about 4.96 m, which thus agrees with that of BM 1899.0609.7, BM 1899.0609.8 and BM 1899.0609.4; they differ, however, in height.

  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 455 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    1.Grey schist, broken and rejoined. 2.Top and bottom flat and smooth with rectangular tenon; flat and smooth sides rebated behind. 3.Back with horizontal chisel grooves. 4.Rejoined diagonally above the pot base. 5.Curved in section.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1899

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1899,0609.12

Figure (musician). Against a Persepolitan pillar. Made of stone (schist).

Figure (musician). Against a Persepolitan pillar. Made of stone (schist).

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