6. Manohara is given to prince Sudhana

The real action of the scene takes place on the left, while most of the remaining space is taken up by the prince's retinue. The left hand group, the actors, consists of four persons; Manohara is quite in the corner, the prince more to else right, his right hand outstretched towards two men plainly-dressed, sitting on the ground under a tree between him and the kinnar~; one of them makes a sembah and the other seems to be holding a large round object with a wide edge. They are rather indistinct, but there are certainly two of them and that is one more than we should have expected. The hunter is in the right place, his presence is a matter of course, lout who the other person is, we can only guess at. Foucher's suggestion seems rather unsatisfactory; he thinks it might be the same hunter twice represented, first when he makes the offer and then when he receives his reward. Judging by what the 13arabudur sculptors have done everywhere else in designing their scenes, I feel sure that such kind of combination is quite contrary to their usual custom. If they had intended to depict the offer as well as the reward, they would surely have made two groups, each with a prince and a hunter, and never so stupidly confronted one prince with a two-fold hunter. In my opinion, nothing else can possibly he meant than ogle scene, in WhiC]1 another man

as well as the hunter appears. The one making the sembah is of course Halaka; might not the other be a servant of the prince with the reward in his hand, whatever it may be, perhaps a basket of valuables ? It does not seem unlikely that it was intended to shew an actual reward given to the hunter, because it was not possible to depict the gift spoken of by the text, a present of five villages. Behind the prince to the right sit part of his retinue, among whom the umbrella-bearer, while the rest are strewn standing, more to the right. Most of them are armed with sword and shield, a suitable royal guard, but not what is usually taken on a hunting party, where the attendants are always seen with bow and arrows. Trees in the background indicate that the scene is still in a forest.