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Fragment of relief with Brahmanical ascetics
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False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
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False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
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Curvilinear relief fragment with scenes from the life of the Buddha
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Standing Buddha statue
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Head of the Buddha
Fragment of relief with Brahmanical ascetics
Monaco
False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
Curvilinear relief fragment with scenes from the life of the Buddha
Standing Buddha statue
Head of the Buddha

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The false figured shelf originally decorated the base of the hemispherical part of a stūpa, the main Buddhist cult monument, which probably originates from the burial mound and could house the relics of the Buddha or his eminent disciples. The character depicted is a king of snakes, recognizable by the reptile present behind his neck. In his left hand he holds a flap of his shawl while in the missing right he had to hold an offering (flowers?) Addressed to the Buddha of which the stūpa is a symbol. The royal figure is richly adorned with jewels and wears a turban and is also supported by a half-length genius whose face is inspired by the iconography of the classic Silenus. The kings of snakes (nagaraja) were semi-divine beings particularly revered on a popular level and welcomed by Buddhism which depicts them as devotees of the master.

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