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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 93

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Here's an illustration from the conclusion of the Sivi Jataka, No. 499.

Excerpts from the tale:

A god in disguise as a brahmin speaks to the king: "O great king! in all the inhabited world there is no spot where the fame of your munificent heart has not sounded. I am blind, and you have two eyes"

The king knows what to do. Shortly: "Now all the city rang with the news, that the king wished to tear out his eyes and give them to a brahmin."

The king in later conversation with the god in granted a boon and asks for eyes but is told: "By the fruit of the gift by thee given, and by nothing else, your eye shall be restored to you."

It was: "And the Great Being, surrounded by his retinue, went back in great pomp to the city..." That's presumably what we see here. The king rides an elephant.

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