Title Stupa-slab
Accession Number mar-scu-0034
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Gallery-04
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Lime stone
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra prades
Find Place Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Style Nagarjunakonda art.
School Late phase of Amaravathi school
Patron/Dynasty Ikshavakus
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions 120 X 94 X 12cm
Brief Description Lime Stone - Stupa-slab. Bottom Buddha shown seated in a preaching pose. Scenes from Soundarananda are carved on the dome.
Detailed Description Drum-slab depicting an evolved, ornate stupa of Ikshvaku period. It shows Buddha seated on a throne with right hand raised in pravacha-mudra (posture of exposition), in the back ground of a Bodhi tree as the central piece. Above this in the ayaka-pata of the stupa proper the scene of mahabhimiskramana is carved within a rectangular frame. On the sides are seen devotees adoring the dharma-stambha. The dome part of the relief of the stupa contains minute carvings devoted mainly to the narration of scenes from the story of the conversion of Prince Nanda mainly inspired from the Saundarananda Kavya of Asvaghosha. On either side of the harmika a group of Vidyadharas flying in graceful movement are symmetrically positioned to achieve compositional balance. It gives a clear picture of the elevational grandeur of the stupas and their ornamental vocabulary of the 3rd-4th century AD at Nagarjunakonda.