Panel depicting Siddharta with his wife
Gandhara
2nd – 3rd century
Grey schist
26 x 63 x 9 cm (10 ¼ x 24 ¾ x 3 ½ in)
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This panel depicts Siddharta in his palace together with his wife, two musicians and a dancer.

In the centre of the panel Siddhartha is shown seated on a throne under an arch, wearing a high turban, earrings, a necklace and holding what appears to be a lotus to his chest. Seated beside him, his wife wears a similar headdress, earrings, a necklace and bracelets.  They are both resting their feet on footstools.

On the left side of the panel a dancing girl raises her right leg under a trapezoidal roofs, supported by slender Corinthian columns.  On the right side, two musicians are shown playing a flute and a string instrument.  Two balconies are depicted on either sides of the central arch, a standing figure in each; the one on the right is holding two wreaths of flowers.  

See W Zwalf, A catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, fig. 170, London, 1996.

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