3rd – 5th century
Height: 19 cm
Width: 28 cm
This architectural element was probably part of a series of narrative reliefs decorating a stupa, illustrating scenes from the Buddha’s wonderful life. Carved from schist, it is easy to recognise the region’s craftsmanship. In this scene of adoration flanked by a column with acanthus leaves, the Buddha is easily recognisable in meditation, enthroned at the centre of the scene. He is surrounded by rich devotees wearing turbans and adorned with jewels.
Provenance: Private American collection.