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Stair Riser with Marine Deities or Boatmen

ca. 1st century
Pakistan (ancient region Gandhara (Swat Valley?)
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); W. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
This sculpture and the triangular side relief (13.96.19) are part of a set of twenty-one panels that embellished the stairway of a stupa, likely on the western end of the Swat Valley. The treatment of the anatomy of these athletic men is interesting in terms of both the naturalism and schematization of the musculature. The oars they carry and the acanthus leaves that appear to grow out of their bodies suggest that they are marine deities.
Marking: Mason's mark in the center of the lower molding
[ Colonel M. C. Cooke-Collis , England, ca. 1882 until 1913; sold to MMA ]
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Kushan Sculpture," November 13, 1985–January 5, 1986.

New York. Asia Society. "Kushan Sculpture," February 13, 1986–April 6, 1986.

Seattle Art Museum. "Kushan Sculpture," May 13, 1986–July 13, 1986.

Barcelona. Casa Àsia. "Divine Presence: Arts of India and the Himalayas," March 15, 2003–June 22, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

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