It was prophesized at his birth that he would leave the materialworld and become an ascetic. King Shuddhodana made all efforts tokeep him immersed in luxury. But Siddhartha's inherent goodnessand kind nature could not be affected anyways. This brassartifact narrates a tale from the early years of his life.Siddhartha was once playing with his cousin who shot down a swan.With the arrow pierced in its body, it fluttered down. Siddhartharan towards it, pulled the arrow of its body and tended to itswounds. Here a small arrow is visible close to Siddhartha feetand he is caressing the injured bird. To understand andappreciate this wonderful piece, it is imperative to know whatfollowed. His cousin claimed the bird as he had shot it down andSiddhartha claimed it for he had saved it. The decision was leftto the bird which staggered towards Siddhartha, proving that theone who saves is greater than the one who hurts.
The way, the gentle expression of his face has been captured insolid brass is commendable. The hands are long and thin withtapering fingers. He is dressed as a prince with ornamentsadorning his ears, neck and hands. His curly hair is knotted atthe top. The bird is an unattached piece with the flutteringmovement of the wings freezed. Its beak remains open as ifshrieking with pain. The webbed feet, the feathered wings and thedelicate neck of the swan has been intricately worked upon. Awonder piece that manages to bring out kindness and all that isgood in a human being just by being there.
This description by Renu Rana.