Prince Siddhartha's Archery Contest and Devadatta and the Elephant

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Acquired in 1939 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
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bibliography
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.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
Presented by Barger and Wright
date_end
0100-12-31
date_start
0050-01-01
date_text
late 1st century (made)
descriptive_line
Curved frieze with scenes of archery contest, dead elephant, grey schist, 1st century Gumbat, Swat Valley.
dimensions
Height: 0.205 m, Length: 0.365 m
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history_note
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. The panel is No. 71 in Barger's lists.
id
62314
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last_checked
2014-08-29T23:21:58.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:21:58.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
In Storage
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Carved grey schist
museum_number
IM.79-1939
museum_number_token
im791939
object_number
O93273
object_type
Sculptural relief panel
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physical_description
This curved frieze panel shows two scenes. On the lower right a figure of prince Siddhartha, seen in profile to the left, wearing Iranian dress, riding a stockily built horse with his back slightly turned as he bends the bow aiming at a target hung in a tree Two admiring figures are behind. The scene on the left of the lower frieze is badly damaged. It shows two incidents in the story of Devadatta and the elephant. On the right we recognize the front of the elephant's body as it enters through the city gate. The head is lowered, and its trunk hangs down to the ground between the legs. In front of the animal stands Devadatta grabbing the elephant with his left hand. Next we see Nanda dragging the dead beast (which emerges behind Devadatta) against the city wall. The two scenes are divided by rectangular panels enclosing squat pillars with capitals. On the upper scene we see two figures on the right carrying some object. In the centre a figure of the Buddha in profile sits on a low cushion-covered base raising his hand in the act of teaching. Behind his head a nimbus in profile is seen. A youth stands in front raising his hand. Behind the Buddha there is a figure of Vajrapani who is seated on the corner of the Buddha's seat, holding a large thunderbolt in his uplifted right hand. The third scene on the right we see two ascetics by the side of a rustic hut in front of the Buddha who is sitting on a rock holding an alms bowl on his left knee. Behind him sits Vajrapani next to a small tree. The figures on this left side are badly damaged. The registers are divided by a straight garland of laurel leaves with a further architrave at the top decorated with upstanding petal motifs.
place
Pakistan
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3
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prince-siddharthas-archery-contest-and-sculptural-relief-panel-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-13T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Prince Siddhartha's Archery Contest and Devadatta and the Elephant
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
100
year_start
50