Buddha protected by Mucilinda

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Acquired in 1949 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
I. Kurita: Gandharan Art I.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
Langford Jones Bequest
date_end
0200-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd Century (made)
descriptive_line
Relief showing Buddha protected by Mucilinda, grey schist, 2nd century AD, Gandhara.
dimensions
Height: 6.5 in, Width: 10 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Bequest from Langford Jones. At the time of the collection's acquisition his daughter, Mrs K. Baker, wrote, 'All I know is that my father who was a Justice of the High Court of Calcutta from 1864-1876 travelled all about India and picked up relics. These carvings were from North West India bordering on Kashmir, I believe, from ruins of an old temple'. A damaged Gandharan relief panel in green schist with a similar representation of Buddha being sheltered by the coils of Muchalinda was lot 15 in Bonham's sale of Indian, Himalayan and Southern Asian Art, in New York, 18 March 2013.
id
59977
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:12:45.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:12:45.000Z
latitude
location
In Storage
longitude
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Grey schist
museum_number
IS.179-1949
museum_number_token
is1791949
object_number
O65733
object_type
Relief panel
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
This panel has been identified by Ackermann as depicting the story of the Naga King, Mucilinda, who protects the meditating Buddha after his Enlightenment for seven days against a raging tempest. Ackermann claims that this is the first example of the depiction of this scene to have been discovered in Gandharan art. This formerly rectangular panel has a diagonal break from the top left hand corner through to the middle of the lower edge, so that a quarter of the narrative scene is missing. The scene is carved against a flat back slab without any framing. On the right hand side there is a figure entirely wrapped in snake coils with only his head visible under the spreading hood of the snake's seven hoods. On either side further snakes have risen up with their heads looping downwards. On the left hand side the upper part of a monk is seen turning to his right. Behind his head there is a horizontally ribbed rectangular object and a series of roughly radiating scored lines, possibly denoting rain. In the extreme upper left hand corner there can be seen the remnants of a doorway or window out of which appears the top half of a head with a flattened ushnisha on top
place
primary_image_id
2012FN0705
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
buddha-protected-by-mucilinda-relief-panel-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-13T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Buddha protected by Mucilinda
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
100