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Footed Bowl with Scenes from the Gauttila Jataka

ca. 5th–6th century
Southern India, probably Andhra Pradesh
Copper alloy
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. est. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This vessel is of great importance, not only for the near completeness of this rarely seen form but also for its pictorial content. The scenes depict the Gauttila Jataka, a story of one of the Buddha’s past lives in which a musical competition is instigated by a king at his court in Varanasi after an ambitious pupil challenges his master for the position of court musician. The scenes of southern Indian court life are unique in Indian metalwork; almost no secular or religious metalwork survives from the first millennium in southern India.

cat. no. 4
#7991. Censer with Scenes from Gauttila Jataka
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Reportedly found in Malaysia

New York. Asia Society. "The Real, the Fake and the Masterpiece," June 9, 1988–August 28, 1988.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

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