Maya's Dream

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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
0001-01-01
date_text
1st century (made)
descriptive_line
Relief showing Maya's dream, light grey schist, 1st Century AD, Swat valley.
dimensions
Height: 0.11 m, Length: 0.275 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. This was numbered 70 in Barger's lists. Ackermann, Hans Christoph. Narrative stone reliefs from Gandhara in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London : catalogue and attempt at a stylistic history Rome : IsMEO, 1975. p. 62, plate XIa.
id
62340
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last_checked
2014-08-29T23:22:07.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:22:07.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
In Storage
longitude
69.359703
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schist
materials_techniques
Carved schist
museum_number
IM.80-1939
museum_number_token
im801939
object_number
O93288
object_type
Fragment of a relief
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physical_description
This slightly curved relief, unfortunately, is greatly damaged and has been split into two pieces through the fixing hole. It represents Queen Maya's dream of the white elephant and the legendary conception of the Buddha. Maya, wearing a long garment with her head and upper body turned away from the viewer, lies against a couple of cushions on a draped couch set between two columns supporting a chequered roof or balustrade above her. Above her knee a white elephant appears within a nimbus, its trunk stretched out towards her. At either side of her in two arches which spring from the pillars stand two attendants in a flexed pose with inner arms pointing across the pillars towards the queen. Remnants of rectangular panels enclosing pillars and capitals terminate the scene on either side. A decorative moulding of a bifurcated leaf or petal runs along the top of the relief.
place
Pakistan
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3
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slug
mayas-dream-fragment-of-a-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-06T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Maya's Dream
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year_end
100
year_start
1