Relief depicting The Dream of Queen MayaOn display
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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.
Relief depicting The Dream of Queen Maya
Date1st - 2nd century AD (AD 1 - 200)
Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600)
Material and technique
Dimensions28.2 x 59 x 5.8 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Jeremy and Helen Knowles, in memory of Anthony Gardner, 1997.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
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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