107. Maitrakanyaka as goldsmith; his departure

The two scenes given on this relief are divided by a large building of two storeys, the one with staircase and entrance, the second with a niche, both decorated with kalamakara-ornement. The roof is finished off with a row of pots. On the right of this building we see Maitrakanyaka as goldsmith in a shop with a wide double roof. Under the roof some clothes hang over a rail. The goldsmith himself sits on the right on a cushion negociating with a woman sitting opposite; his right hand is raised and she is weighing something with a small pair of scales that she has in her hand, evidently some ornement. Between them on the ground is a tiedup bundle of small bars, perhaps gold ( ? ), and a large moneybag that surely contains the thirty-two karsapana's. The woman is very indistinct, just as the one sitting behind her, and as the man with a beard standing more to the left, his hair twisted up; possibly he is a brahman and he leans on a stick. These persons are probably not of much importance, where the whole scene represents the goldsmith doing business.

The scene on the left shows Maitrakanyaka ready to depart, he stands outof -doors among some trees with another man similarly dressed but very much damaged, who of course represents the company of merchants. On the right is a woman prostrate at Maitrakanyaka's feet, she is kneeling with her left hand on the ground and the right touching his leg. This is no doubt the mother imploring her son not to set out; wecanseeplainly the one plait of hair, the ekaveni, strewing her to be a widow; the same can be seen too on the last relief but not as clearly. The son holds his right hand above her head, and if we were not better informed, this might be taken for a beneficient gesture; but the text shows us it is an angry dismissal that will be followed by the fatal kick, not of course to be depicted.