Lintel beam depicts legends
Title Lintel beam depicts legends
Accession Number mar-scu-0024
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Gallery-02
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Lime stone
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place Nagarjunakonda valley , Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Style Nagarjunakonda art.
School Late phase of Amaravathi school
Patron/Dynasty Ikshavakas
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions 29 X 341 X 18 cm
Brief Description Lime Stone- Lintel-beam depicts legends of Mandhatu and Madhubindu. Purnakhumba is carved on either side of its extreme end. Mended.
Detailed Description This lintel beam from Site-9 portrays scenes from the Mandhata-Jataka, a favourite subject of the Nagarjunakonda artists in three panels along with the story of Madhubindu and other scenes. King Mandhata with his seven gems (Saptaratnas), the king's palace being guarded by female attendants and the king crushing the Naga's in the course of his conquest of the Traystrimsa heaven are depicted here in two separate panels. The other two scenes narrate the serpent king Muchulinda protecting Buddha from the storm and Buddha subjugating and converting yaksha Alavaka by narrating the story of Madhubindu.In between the panels are couple with maids. Exquisitely carved purna-Kumbhas are positioned at the extreme ends of the cornice.