Birth of the 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
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Fragment of a relief depicting the birth of the Buddha, grey schist, 2nd century AD, Swat Valley.
dimensions
Height: 0.18 m, Length: 0.125 m
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
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 20 in Barger's lists.
id
62381
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:22:20.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:22:20.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
In Storage
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Carved light grey-green schist
museum_number
IM.84-1939
museum_number_token
im841939
object_number
O93327
object_type
Relief sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
A fragmentary relief showing two figures of Queen Maya (with damaged head), the mother of the Buddha, who supports herself resting her left arm round the shoulder of her sister, Mahaprajapati, who, in turn comforts the Queen with her left hand resting on her hip. Both stand frontally on a high plain ledge, but the baby Buddha springing from Maya's side is no longer extant. The women wear antariyas over which Maya wears a low slung belt with lappets. Her sister's uttariya is caught over her left forearm and billow out above and below.
place
Pakistan
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
birth-of-the-buddha-relief-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-13T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Birth of the Buddha
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
100