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Mathura: Sculptured slab, dated in the 10th year of Kanishka's reign

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Mathura: Sculptured slab, dated in the 10th year of Kanishka's reign
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Mathura
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Kushan railing pillars show the most attentive originality of all Kushan sculpture at Mathura, especially when the carving involved human figures: principally females: in the scenes collectively termed 'palace amusements', It was the popular belief that the god Indra in heaven enjoyed various pastimes with his palace nymphs, and this form of amusements became archetypal for kings on earth, Numerous motifs expressed the delights of palace living, among them drinking wine with female companions, enjoying music, dancing and playing at sports, Either the first or second of these examples could be the scene represented in our slide, Mathuran railing pillars give a rich display of royal life at that time, The carvings are handled with a sureness of spatial relationships characteristic in mature Mathuran sculpture, -- London, British Museum,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-683


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