12. Sudhana brings the tree of the rebels to his father
The king is sitting on a cushion on a seat with back under a canopy supported by columns, with the necessary dishes and bowls under his seat. The throne is on the left of the relief and leaves just enough space on that side for a couple of female attendants standing and servants seated. The king is here accepting the tribute brought by his son, who sits on a dais just on the right of his fathers throne, holding up with both hands a bowl of valuables. Just behind him stand three persons with the rest of the booty. Further on the right sits the punce's retinue under the trees, first some courtiers, then the armed guard, represented by one figure with sword and shield and two with bow and arrows, then behind, are the bearers of the princely insignia. In the midst of these sits one bearded man, without a headdress; has tile sculptor meant something particular with this or is it only to bring a little variation into the group ? It might represent the well-known brahman of the tale whose desire for the chaplaincy was the cause of the whole expedition and whose presence would be appropriate among the prince's party. But we might be completely mistaken in this to judge by the following relief, where the same kind of person is seen in the humble position of umbrella-bearer.