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.
Artist: Nomura Chōkei (dates unknown) (Japanese)Date: 18th–19th centuryMedium: Case: Powdered gold (maki-e) on black lacquer with mother-of-pearl, pewter, and ceramic inlays; floral decoration on risers in incised gold; Fastener (ojime): carved red lacquer with design of Chinese sage and pine; Toggle (netsuke): stained ivory carved in the shape of a farm woman and child (signed: Homin)
Accession: 29.100.788On view in:Not on view
Medium: Case: powdered gold (maki-e) and gold and colored lacquer on black lacquer with pewter and ceramic inlays; floral decoration on risers in incised gold; Fastener (ojime): stained wood carved in the shape of a peach; Toggle (netsuke): black lacquer with design of pussy-willow branches in pewter and ceramic inlays and metal wire
Accession: 29.100.789On view in:Not on view