H.C.Ackermann, Narrative Stone Reliefs from Gandhara in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, IsMEO, Rome, 1975,, p. 65, pl.XIIa Barger, E. and Wright, P., ‘Excavations in Swat and Explorations in the Oxus Territories of Afghanistan, a detailed report of the 1938 expedition’, Memoirs of the Archaeological Survey of India, vol. 64, Calcutta, 1941.
Siddhartha's wrestling and archery, and the wedding., grey schist, 1st century AD, Swat valley.
Height: 0.205 m, Length: 0.365 m
Acquired from Evert Barger, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Bristol and Philip Wright, V&A Museum, as part of the collection of finds excavated during their expedition to the Swat valley in 1938. This is No. 31 in Barger's lists.
Ackermann, Hans Christoph. Narrative stone reliefs from Gandhara in theVictoria and Albert Museum in London : catalogue and attempt at a stylistic history Rome : IsMEO, 1975. p. 65, plate XIIa.
This fragment from a slightly curved relief panel is divided into two narrative registers by means of a plain fillet with a small furrow at the bottom, a bay leaf garland running to the right, and an architrave decorated with upstanding petals at the top.
In the scene on the lower right, there is a combination of two events immediately preceding the wedding of Prince Siddhartha with Yashodhara: on the right, the Bodhisattva overpowers a rival in a wrestling match, on the left he excels in archery. In the section to the left the nuptial ceremony between the Prince Siddhartha and Yashodhara is being celebrated. The couple have joined hands and walk round a fire in the centre with two water jars. On either side stand two trumpet players in celebration. The scenes are divided by rectangular panels enclosing squat pillars and capitals at the left end and off-centre to the right.
In the upper register, nine male figures, dressed in tunics and uttariyas, are shown gesticulating as though in lively conversation with trees at either end.