Relief depicting The Dream of Queen Maya

On display

In this relief, within the royal palace Queen Maya, mother-to-be of the Buddha, dreams of a white elephant (here damaged) which descends from heaven and enters her right side.

Details

  • Title

    Relief depicting The Dream of Queen Maya

  • Associated place

    Gandhara (place of creation)
    Swat (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    1st - 2nd century AD (AD 1 - 200)
    Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600)
  • Material and technique

    grey schist

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    28.2 x 59 x 5.8 cm max. (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Jeremy and Helen Knowles, in memory of Anthony Gardner, 1997.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1997.198

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Further reading

Jongeward, David, Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2019), no. 12 on p. 36

Topsfield, Andrew, ‘Indian Art at the Ashmolean Museum’, Oriental Art, 43/4, (Winter 1997-1998), p. 28, illus. p. 24 fig. 4

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