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NG307, Figured Relief

  • ca. 0100-ca. 0299
  • Fragment of a frieze. The main figure remaining is a female emerging from a doorframe. A water jug with its mouth facing outwards is tucked under her left arm. She faces to her right with her right hand held up. Above her head is a balcony with a façade of chequered grid with alternating relief squares. The side of the balcony is decorated in a row of square panels bisected into triangles each containing an indented triangle. Above the balcony is the torso of one female figure, also looking to her right as well as a broken figure. The pose of the main figure holding a water jug with the balcony and figures above is reminiscent of scenes of the Dīpan̥kara Jataka though typically, the female figure appears on the left of a panel facing the action to her left. Traces of red pigment at several places on the surface of the stone. Remnants of pink pigment can be seen on the sides. The figure is deeply cut, almost in the around as is typical of figures carved in soapstone at this site.
  • Location found: Level 3, Stūpa 4 E