36. Prophecy concerning the new-born son(?)

Although the text says nothing about a prophecy or rewarding of the brahman prophets, I can agree with Foucher , that this and the following relief may be assigned to the prophecying-episode that so often brings an intermezzo into this kind of tale, and is so customary that the writer of the Divyavadana may not have thought necessary to mention it. Its appearance on the Barabudur allows us to think that this episode was actually recorded in the original tale, for it is far more likely that the compiler of the Divyavadana might omit it as of slight importance, than that the sculptor of the temple should have imagined it when not found in the text. At the same time I shall not disguise my opinion that possibly these two reliefs, in spite of all this, represent something that does not occur in our text; and this becomes more probable when we see that No. 38 certainly does not coincide with the Divyavadana story.

The king, as already mentioned, has a halo, he sits with the queen on a bench in a pavilion, behind the queen kneel a couple of waiting-women. One of them now holds the prince; here too he is standing. His crescent can be seen here as well and in his hand he has some toy with a long handle, looking like a large rattle with a ribbon hanging from it. Next to the pavilion on the right some guards are seated, with sword, bow and arrows; on the left opposite the king is a beardless brahman on a stool. It is plain that he and the king are busy talking. Behind him the peacockfeather fan Is fixed up and more to the left we see a damaged worn-off group of three armed men seated, with swords and shields, and behind them a horse, here too with a groom.