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Festivities Around the Relic of the Turban (on loan)

Satvahana; About AD 150

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)
Mumbai, India

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This sculpture in the Amaravati style comes from the congregation hall of a Buddhist temple in the village of Phanigiri. In an age of empires when ideas of kingship were based on the assertion of power, this sculpture reveals a parallel concept from Indian philosophy of not holding on to power. A significant model for this was the Buddha or Prince Siddhartha who gave up the promise of kingship, symbolised by the removal of his kingly turban, to fulfil his quest for Enlightenment instead.

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  • Title: Festivities Around the Relic of the Turban (on loan)
  • Date Created: Satvahana; About AD 150
  • Physical Dimensions: 150 x 25 x 20 cm
  • Subject Keywords: India & the World, IatW
  • Original Source: Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Telangana
  • Medium: Limestone
  • Province: Phanigiri, Telangana, India
  • Accession ID: 2003-270

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