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Lion capital, Ashokan column, detail, 3rd Century B.C. Sarnath, Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Lion capital, Ashokan column, detail, 3rd Century B.C. Sarnath, Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Mauryan Period: Ancient India
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Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The next Asokan column we consider is in excellent condition even after having suffered a fall by apparently natural causes, As this detail of a humped bull shows, Asoka's imperial craftsmen were adept at their art and gave loving attention to the finish their creations bore, A simple but effectively balanced composition of alternating 'flowers' and animals encircles the abacus, It is likely that the 'flowers' are miniature 'Great Wheel' symbols referring to the Great Wheel of the Law said to have been set in motion by the Buddha,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-196


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