This arc-shaped frieze is from a lower register of the drum of a stupa used as a reliquary for the sacred remains of the Buddha or an important monk. Such friezes were attached to circular dome-shaped stupas installed within shrines. Devotees circumambulated the stupas in a clockwise direction, reading the narratives in sequence along the way. This panel shows scenes from the life of the earthly Buddha. Reflecting Mediterranean influence on Gandharan art, the depictions are separated by Corinthian-style columns.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label