1. King and court of prosperous North-Pancala
Although Foucher rightly observes that what is represented does not itself indicate if we have before us the king of the North in all his glory, or the king of the South consulting his ministers about the unhappy state of his country, I think there is reason to fix on the first being the case. As the text begins with the account of the Northern kingdom, it is probable that the sculptor does the same, besides the consultation of the Southern lying must come after his journey through the land that we find on the next relief, and not before it. Any special striking event is certainly not depicted. In the middle of the scene sits the king with his right leg in the sling and the queen holding a lotus-bud, on a large couch with a back, in a pendapa. Under thecouch are two boxes and a dish filled with flowers; on the right two handmaidens are sitting on the ground, a third stands. The right-hand side of the relief is a palacebuilding; it has a vase-shaped top and is omemented with a banner and a shell filled with flowers in the niche facing the spectator. A wing, where the entrance may be, is on the left, turned towards the pendapa. On the left of the pendapa is grouped the royal retinue, among whom are the military guard armed with swords. In the background are the usual royal emblems, umbrella, feather-fan, leaf-fan, and right in the corner is a tree with a couple of squirrels at play.