Relief fragment showing fire and human figure

This broken horizontal relief section seems to have come from part of a stupa. This piece seems to be an episode from Buddha’s previous life which has been woven into the nodes of a flowering vine. Here, bunches of beads, pearls and other types of woven necklaces hang from the vine. The relief has a continuous row of bells and leaf-shaped tassels hung from a beaded diamond-shaped lattice. The intact portion shows a human figure in a knee-length garment dancing around a bonfire. The triumph of nature depicted on all the early monuments suggests the pre-eminence of nature over all.

Date/Period
c. 2nd century BCE
Region
Barhut, Madhya Pradesh, central India
Dimension
Object size: H:48.0 x W:22.0 x T:7.0 cm
Accession No.
1997-02978
Material
Sandstone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture

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