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Gandharan region, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Stupa drum panel 2nd-3rd century Materials & Technique: sculptures, grey schist stone grey schist
Dimensions: 12.8 h x 47.0 w x 14.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Gavan Bromilow 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession No: NGA 2010.1204
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with private collector, India, 1920s or earlier
  • who gave it to Gavan Bromilow, Mandurah, 1992
  • who donated it to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

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