Buddha inside palace

unknown100-200 C.E

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

It is in the form of a stele which has a tenon at the base
(originally fitted into an inverted lotus) and a conical shaft
rising from the middle of the upper portion which probably
was crowned by an umbrella. The stele is evidently
intended to depict a pavillion where the Buddha was
supposed to perform some miracle. The façade is
elaborately decorated. There are some balconies with
figures of women peeping out from compartments and a
frieze of garland-bearers on the basement. The lion head is
probably the fore-runner of the later kirttimukha motif. The
Buddha is seated on a lotus. Above his head are two
streamers and a twisted garland. There are replicas of
temples at the two upper corners of the relief in which are
two Buddhas seated in meditation on inverted lotuses and
between them. The Buddha is flanked by the two
Bodhisattvas, Padmapani and Maitreya both occupying high
decorated seats. The one to his right has bare feet, resting
on a lotus, which are crossed. The attendant on the left
wears sandals; one of his legs hangs down, the other rests on
the seat and its sandal is left on the ground.


  • Title: Buddha inside palace
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 100-200 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Schist stone, 85.5x40.5x12.2cm.
  • Provenance: Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

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