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Acquired in 1921 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
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collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0200-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Relief showing Death and cremation of the Buddha, grey schist, 2nd century AD, Peshawar District.
dimensions
Height: 0.28 m, Length: 0.45 m
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id
44838
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T22:21:09.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T22:21:09.000Z
latitude
34.063431
location
In Storage
longitude
72.045517
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Grey schist
museum_number
IM.215-1921
museum_number_token
im2151921
object_number
O87651
object_type
Relief
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original_price
physical_description
This relief shows three scenes. The scene on the bottom right shows the Mahanirvana of the Buddha. The Buddha lies on his right side, on a high, sheet-covered bed with elaborate legs. His head is supported by his right hand. His hair is tied up in an ushnisa with a tiny halo behind. In front of the death-bed sits Subhadra, his last pupil, on a low cushion At the bed head stands Vajrapani holding the thunderbolt in his left hand. and as a sign of mourning he touches the top of his head with his right hand. On the end of the death bed the monk Mahakasyapa bends mournfully and reverently over the feet of his Master. Behind the dead Buddha, the busts of three Malla princes in various postures of despair, animate the background scene. In the left-hand scene we watch the cremation of the Buddha's corpse. In the centre of the work rises an altar-like platform with three decorated rosettes in the front, with flames emerging from the middle. Two Mallas help the heavenly rain to put out the fire, holding their long poles fixed with water jugs. On the top frieze which is narrower we see a cortege of ten men in Parthian costumes moving to the left, in a gyrating dance-like motion. Some hold containers of various shapes, possibly reliquaries- the scene could represent the distribution of the Buddha's relics.
place
Peshawar
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production_note
Peshawar District
production_type
public_access_description
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rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
relief-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-13T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
hand carved
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
100