B. Rowland, The Art and Architecture of India, 1953, p.81 and pl.36 " " Gandharan, Rome and Mathura : The Early Relief style", Archives of Chinese Art, Vol. X, 1956, pp.8-17 The Crossroads of Asia, Tranformation in Image and Symbol, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1992, Sir John Broadman, P.127, No.130
Stair Riser with Bacchanalian Scene,schist, 1st-2nd century AD, Swat.
Depth: 5.2 cm, Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 46.5 cm
South-East Asia, room 47a
This relief depicts six figures dressed in Roman style, some holding drinking vessels and others holding plantain leaves (possibly for use as fans) The subject may represent the presentation of the future Buddha, Prince Siddhartha, to his bride or simply be a festive scene. The figures are flanked by two columns with Corinthian-style capitals. The tenons used to secure this relief are visible on the upper edge. It is reportedly from a site in the Buner region of the Swat valley.
Received from Prof. B.Rowland, Cambridge, Mass. USA.
Historical significance: Formerly B.Rowland collection
The panel illustrates three couples: the men are bearded, dressed in a tunic fastened over the left shoulder, with an overall over the belt, and booted. The women wear a belted dress, necklets and bracelets. (2) and (4) have their cloats draped over their left arms and shoulders; (6 ) has it over both shoulders, covering the right arm and hand, which holds it at the neck. Of the women, (2) may have held something in her missing left hand;(4) fingers her necklet; (6) holds a palm branch over her left shoulder. Of the men, (1) holds a lidded two-handled vessel in both hands; (3) has a palm branch over his left shoulder, his right hand held horizontally with forefinger and little finger extended. (5) holds tall footed cup in his right hand.