Throne of the Buddha

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Acquired in 1883 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Published: P Pal, Light of Asia, Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1984, no 71 J Guy, Indian Temple Sculpture, V&A, 2007, pg 27 Guy, John. ‘Indian Temple Sculpture’, London : V&A Publications, 2007. p.27. pl.22. ISBN 9781851775095
collection_code
SSEA
credit
Given by Dr Turton
date_end
0300-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century - 3rd century (made)
descriptive_line
Relief depicting veneration of the empty throne, sandstone, Mathura, northern India, 2nd-3rd century
dimensions
Width: 22 cm, Height: 33 cm, Width: 9 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Presented by Dr Turton in 1883
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Veneration of the Empty Throne. This relief, which is contemporary with many Buddha images, provides a symbolic presence for the Buddha only. The empty throne has a disc on it, most convincingly interpreted as a solar disc (radiant) symbol of the Buddha.
id
25038
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:03:11.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:03:11.000Z
latitude
27.49586
location
In Storage
longitude
77.67592
marks
materials
Sandstone
materials_techniques
Red carved sandstone
museum_number
IS.1039-1883
museum_number_token
is10391883
object_number
O25076
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
A red sandstone carving depicting the adoration of the empty throne. A representation of a niche having a column with winged-lion capital on each side, and enclosing a couch or throne and footstool. A Buddhist emblem, probably the Dharma Chakra or Wheel of the Law, is shown on the throne, and two human faces with ornamental head-dresses appear above the back. Below is a Buddhist rail and at each of the two bottom corners, the capital of a pillar.
place
Mathura
primary_image_id
2006AU8874
production_note
Uttar Pradesh, northern India
production_type
public_access_description
This red sandstone carving probably once formed part of a temple or shrine. It depicts the adoration of the empty throne, with a Buddhist emblem on it. The emblem can be variously interpreted as a throne cushion, a discarded turban headdress or a 'dharmachakra' ('wheel of law') symbol. Early Buddhist artists were reluctant to represent the Buddha in human form. They preferred to indicate his presence symbolically. This relief indicates the Buddha's presence through an empty throne, attended by two attendants bearing fly-whisks, emblems of a world sovereign (‘cakravartin’), and flanked by winged-lion capitals.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
throne-of-the-buddha-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-24T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carved
title
Throne of the Buddha
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
300
year_start
100