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Sanchi: Stupa No. 2, detail of sculpture of peacock

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: Stupa No. 2, detail of sculpture of peacock
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Sanchi
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Peacocks are also vehicle animals, They are associated with the war-god, Skanda-Karttikeya, and bear the god on their backs whenever he appears as a motif, Like the elephant, however, when they appear alone they take on a variety of other meanings whether cosmic or idyllic in nature, At one point they may simply represent the abundance of life in the world of the gods, The Indians admired the splendid bird for its great beauty too, Thus, it was a jewel-like addition to their decoration wherever it appeared, King Asoka was among the first to give the peacock royal distinction, for his own royal medallion bore its representation,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-277


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