Within the left half of a deeply sunk niche are seated a male and a female figure in high relief, on a ball-legged bench. The woman is placed crosswise on the man's lap with her left arm encircling his shoulder and the right hand raised to his cheek. She wears a hip girldle and earrings only.
The man supports the woman's breasts with his left hand. A Bacchanalian lovescene for Jain use.
Purchased from the dealer, Imre Schwaiger, New Bond St, London W1.
This fragment of a stone frieze shows a woman sitting on a man's lap within a round-headed niche set within the fragmentary remains of a trabeated architectural arcade. The man is seated on a diapered cushion on a bench with one extant baluster leg. He appears to be wearing a ribbed circular head dress with heavy circular earrings and a torque necklace, together with heavy bracelets and anklets. He is sitting aslant the bench gazing at the woman on her knee, while cupping her breasts in his left hand. She is swivelling her head to the left to look at some unidentified object she is holding in her right hand. She is wearing bracelets and anklets and a decorated kayabandh(a thick jewelled roll worn over the hips).
The niche has a plain outline set within an arcade of which one plain pilaster with a simple inverted foliate base and a convex capital under two plain mouldings which support the straight lintel.