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Sanchi: Stupa No. 2, Railing pillar

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: Stupa No. 2, Railing pillar
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Sanchi;architecture;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: As mentioned above, railing enclosure came as a natural development in stupa building, Building the railing proceeded from four elements: basement, uprights, cross bars, and coping, decoration is left off the railing proper, as it is on most early stupas, but carvings do appear on the pillars of gateways, The pillar carved with a Yakshi figure in our slide shows a typical form of gate decoration and illustrates how the cult figure of the goddess serves a tutelary function at the stupa, The pose the goddess assumes is her most characteristic, and from this appearance on it is typical to all Yakshis in later Indian art, According to legend, a tree could be brought to life with a kick from the foot of a beautiful maiden, therefore, the Yakshi appears embracing the tree, her arm around its trunk, imparting the ritual blow in order to enliven the tree, Stylistically, the goddess is still very archaic for she is treated very flatly and still looks as if carved in wood,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-273


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