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Shalbhanjika
Title Shalbhanjika
Title2 Shalbhanjika
Museum Name Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
Gallery Name Early Sculpture
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Stone
Component Material II Stone
Component Material III Stone
Manufacturing Technique Chisiling and Carving
Main Artist Not Known
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Not Known
Author NA
Country India
Provenance Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Origin Place Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Find Place Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Scribe NA
Style Shunga
School NA
Patron/Dynasty Shunga
Period / Year of Work C.2nd Century BCE
Inscription No
Tribe NA
Costume NA
Culture NA
Dimensions 21 x 18 cm
Detailed Description Only the upper panel of the post remains. A woman is seen supporting herself on the branch of a tree to the left of which stands a much damaged female figure with hands folded in adoration. To the right is a stambha which appears to be surmounted by a horse or a lion. The panel is bordered by a row of stepped pyramids above, and is surrounded by a narrow band of floral buds. The uppermost plain section of the post bears an inscription: Pusasa thabhodhama. The panel may well be a representation of the nativity of the Buddha in the sala forest at Lumbini, in which case the main figure could be identified with Maya; this identification would be further reinforced if the creature represented on the stambha were indeed a horse as it has been conjectured that the pillar set up by Asoka at Lumbini was crowned by a horse capital.
Brief Description Only the upper panel of the post remains. A woman is seen supporting herself on the branch of a tree to the left of which stands a much damaged female figure with hands folded in adoration. To the right is a stambha which appears to be surmounted by a horse or a lion. The panel is bordered by a row of stepped pyramids above, and is surrounded by a narrow band of floral buds. The uppermost plain section of the post bears an inscription: Pusasa thabhodhama. The panel may well be a representation of the nativity of the Buddha in the sala forest at Lumbini, in which case the main figure could be identified with Maya; this identification would be further reinforced if the creature represented on the stambha were indeed a horse as it has been conjectured that the pillar set up by Asoka at Lumbini was crowned by a horse capital.