1948 Burlington Exhibition J.Irwin, Indian Art. A Brief Guide, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1962, fig.2 W, Zwalf, Buddhism: Art and Faith, British Museum Publications,London, no.27. The Art of India and Pakistan. London, 1950, pl.19. For events at Parinirvan see Banerji, The eastern Indian School of Medieval Sculpture, p.82. Burgess, Buddhist Art in India, pp.117-8. Vigier, The life of the Buddha, pp.44-8.
The lower half of a relief depicting the Buddha's death (parinirvana). Five disciples are seen grieving in a row in front of the sweeping drapery of the deathbed. On the left-hand side the stricken, groaning figure of Vajrapani props up his reclining body with one arm while the other is raised above his head, having dropped his attribute, a thunderbolt, to the ground. He has curly hair and is bare-chested,dressed only in a robe round the lower part of his body He is being comforted by a bearded man with a top-knot and large earrings. To his right another man half kneels and looks despairingly upwards, raising his (now damaged) right arm up towards where the body of the dead Buddha would have been above. He too is bare-chested, but he wears a necklace and wrist bangles with an uttariya draped over his left shoulder . The next figure is of an ascetic, bare-chested, dressed only in a lower garment with his hair tied up in a topknot. He sits cross-legged and shields his head behind his right hand while his left one rests on top of his left knee. The last figure on the right is of a meditating monk with his hands wrapped in his robe in his lap with his eyes cast down. He has a cap-like hairstyle with the ends flicked back across the centre of his head and caught in a tassel-like arrangement over his forehead. He is presumably Subhadra, the last convert. He sits next to a netted water bag suspended from a tripod of three poles lashed together on the extreme right.