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Shakuntala plaque
Title Shakuntala plaque
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name Archaeology
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Terracotta
Country India
Provenance Bhita, Allahabad, U.P
Origin Place Bhita, Allahabad, U.P
Period / Year of Work C 2nd century BCE Sunga
Dimensions Dia 7.7 cm
Brief Description This is a mould made terracotta medallion with perforation on one side for suspension. Representation on the plaque helped to convey the story of "Abhijgana Sakuntalam". This roundel depicts a very detailed miniature depiction in a great reduced scale. Illustration on the plaque is done by incised lines, a delicate and tough technique. Both sides of the medallion portray the same scene. According to the scholar the plaque represents Karnamuni's hermitage. King Dushyanta is seen riding on a chariot drawn by four horses. There are depictions of peacock, deer and a hut surrounded with pond. Shakuntala is seen receiving water from pond. Anasua and Priyamvada are illustrated at the top of the plaque. This is a beautiful narrative representation of culture and history.