A sample of the stone, when analysed by Mineralogy Dept. of Natural History Museum in 1950 was found to compare exactly with the stone of the 'Sanchi Torso', IM 184-1910. The piece was bought as part of Lot 192, Sotheby sale on 1 August 1939. The 'Vipan' collection is mentioned with reference to the same sale
Red sandstone, Mathura, Kushan?, c. 2nd century AD
Width: 14 in, Height: 14 1/2 in
The railing is of the mortised type of design, copied in the form of a monolith. The fragment includes parts of two uprights and parts of two crossbars. The former are carved in relief, that to the left depicting a male figure holding a sword in his right hand and a trisula symbol (?) in the left hand; before his stands another figure, badly damaged. The second upright depicts a bird (perhaps a peocock) in relief, now badly damaged.
Purchased from Sotheby's in 1939, formerly in the possession of Baron Ow-Wachendorf. RP 39/3505,