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Buddhist sculpture slab from the lower monastery at Nutta, Peshawar District: worship of the triratna symbol.

Buddhist sculpture slab from the lower monastery at Nutta, Peshawar District: worship of the triratna symbol.

Photographer: Serrot, M.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1101)

Item number: 10031101

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Buddhist sculpture slab from the lower monastery at Nutta in Peshawar District showing the worship of the triratna symbol.'This represents shaven-headed monks paying adoration to the Dharma-chakra, or symbol of the wheel, which is surmounted by the Triratna, or symbol of the ''three gems'', above which are three wheels, or Dharma-chakras. The Triratna is described as the triple object of veneration - Buddha, the law, and the church. The wheel symbol is the wheel of the law of Buddha. The attitude of the supporting figure, with uplifted hands, is suggestive of Atlas.' Illustrations of Graeco-Buddhist sculptures from the Yusufzai District, in vol. I of H.H. Cole, Preservation of monuments in India (c. 1885), pl. 21.

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