Birth of Buddha

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Acquired in 1939 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
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
0200-12-31
date_start
0150-01-01
date_text
2nd half 2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Fragment of a carved relief of a narrative scene of the birth of Buddha, grey schist, 2nd century AD, Swat Valley.
dimensions
Height: 0.295 m, Length: 0.23 m
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historical_significance
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 is no. 142 in Barger's lists.
id
62352
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:22:12.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:22:12.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
In Storage
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Carved grey schist
museum_number
IM.81-1939
museum_number_token
im811939
object_number
O93301
object_type
Sculptural fragment
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physical_description
This fragment shows only a small section of a scene depicting the Birth of Buddha. From the right, Maya's right arm appears in the fragment, grasping the branch of a sala tree. Five bracelets adorn her wrist. From under her elbow, the head of the Buddha, now destroyed, emerged surrounded with a tiny nimbus. To the left the head of Indra in profile gazes at the child. He wears an elaborate turban with a cockade on top, a circular earring and a drooping moustache. A nimbus with an incised margin is carved behind his head. Behind Indra, on a higher level the head and upper torso of a turbaned figure appears with his index and the little finger of his left hand into his mouth, in a gesture of amazement. His right arm was formerly raised, but is now destroyed, and held the end of his uttariya which he waves energetically above his head. In the extreme upper left hand corner there is a drum. The fragment is carved in high relief, and the rear has lines of broad horizontal chisel marks which bear traces of beige-coloured mortar. The top side of the panel shows the schist is stained with a reddish colour, suggesting that there are veins of iron running through it.
place
Pakistan
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3
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slug
birth-of-buddha-sculptural-fragment-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-13T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Birth of Buddha
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year_end
200
year_start
150