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Shakuntala plaque
Title Shakuntala plaque
Accession Number N.S.2297/A10441
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.