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Buddha Scene
NMA Object 11
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This schist relief, a masterpiece of the National Museum, depicting the Dipankara Jataka Buddha was originally found at Shotorak, but was looted during the war period. It is still missing.

History of the Object
This is a Schist relief carved with Dipankara Jataka, with Dipankara Buddha standing in abhaya mudra, his foot resting on the hair that a kneeling Sumedha has sprayed in front of him. Sumedha is also represented two more times: in namaskara mudra. The scene is surrounded by a row of chevrons representing flames. The lower part of the scene is depicting a bodhisattva in namaskara mudra surrounded by four worshipers holding lotus flower.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Schist stone 
Measurements
Height; 83 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Kapisa 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 2nd century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
2nd - 5th century CE, in Kushan period 
Function
Religious purpose 
Acquisition
Excavated from site Shotorak in the province of Kapisa, by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA. 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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