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Acquired in 1948 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
A. Foucher. L'art greco-bouddhique, Vol.I. Figs 238 and 261 N.G.Majumdar. Guide to Sculptures in Indian Museum, Pt.II, 1937, pp.52-53 Archaeological Survey of India. Annual Report, 1902-3. Pl. XXVII, Fig 5 Ingholt, Harald. Gandharan Art in Pakistan, New York, Pantheon Books, 1957, No. 116, p.82
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0204-12-31
date_start
0195-01-01
date_text
ca. 200 (made)
descriptive_line
Relief Panel depicting two Buddhist scenes, grey schist, 2nd century AD, Gandhara.
dimensions
Height: 62 cm Including tangs on base, Height: 60.5 cm Excluding tangs under base, Width: 39 cm, Depth: 9.5 cm
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event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
South-East Asia, room 47a
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
The narratives in both panels have not been identified with any certainty, but Ackermann suggests that the lower one may represent the story of Srigupta who fails in his intent to destroy Buddha by setting a trap for him and the upper one the Abduction by Buddha of Nanda. However, the lower scene bears several resemblances to one in the Museum at Karachi, which has been identified by Harald Ingholt as a depiction of the story of Sumagadha and the naked ascetics. The tale is that of Sumagadha, the daughter of a rich merchant, who marries into a family of supporters of the naked ascetics of the Jaina sect. Sumagadha is shocked by their nudity and, to the consternation of her in-laws, who witness the scene from a balcony, she belabours one of the ascetics with a stick, but unfortunately during the beating her garments slip off her upper body. Fearing that she might be sent back to her family,she prays to Buddha who immediately flies to her aid and appears emitting flames from his feet, with the result that all are converted to Buddhism.
id
59431
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:10:53.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:10:53.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
South-East Asia, room 47a, case EXP
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Grey Schist
museum_number
IS.78-1948
museum_number_token
is781948
object_number
O65289
object_type
Relief panel
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The panel is deeply carved in relief and is divided into two scenes, separated by a string course of conventional acanthus leaves above a saw-tooth moulding which is repeated above the upper scene. The top group, which has the upper left corner of the narrative scene missing, depicts a semi-nude Vajrapani standing on the extreme left, holding the thunderbolt in his right hand and a chauri whisk in his left. Next to him, the taller figure of the Buddha stands with his right hand in abhayamudra, apparently addressing a youth who stands in an attitude of supplication on his proper left. A second youthful figure (perhaps the same character) turns away carrying a bowl; and on the extreme right a male figure, apparently despondent, is sitting with head buried deep in his chest. Five other male figures observe the scene in various postures of concern and amazement. The lower grouping, which is carved on a plain plinth, shows two naked ascetics, possibly Jains, on the extreme left, and in the centre a kneeling figure in an attitude of prostration before a tall standing figure of the haloed Buddha, whose feet rest on lotus blossoms. Six other male figures are in attendance, and in the background there is a tree next to a doorway, which is incidentally balanced in the upper relief by a similar architectural setting on the right of the panel, both having a rectangular slatted object projecting at an askew angle from above the cornice of the doorway.
place
Pakistan
primary_image_id
2006AM4844
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
relief-panel-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-20T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
204
year_start
195