The subject is the Offering of Dust and recounts how two boys, Jaya and Vijaya, were playing in the dust and saw the Buddha on his begging round. Jaya gave him a handful of dust calling it meal. Pronouncing an aspiration to universal monarchy, the Buddha predicted his rebirth as the emperor Ashoka; for a similar example, see W. Zwalf, A Catalogue of Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, 1996, vol. 1, p. 196, cat. no. 217.