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Sanchi: West Gate, detail carving on pillar, 2nd panel from bottom

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: West Gate, detail carving on pillar, 2nd panel from bottom
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Sanchi
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: In aniconic symbology, Buddha (represented by the empty throne beneath the Bodhi tree) converts the Sakyas kings during his sermon in the Banyan Park, The Buddha's father, King Suddhodana, and the seven Sakya kings are assembled around the tree to hear the sermon, The carving telling this episode is very rich and deeply undercut remaining one of the finest ivory carvings, Space is handled more lucidly than it had been in the panels of Stupa No. 2, note how the figures stand out from their background and appear to be able to move within their confined space, Previously, such figures would have been irrevocably bound to flat immobile poses, Forming the framing device at the top and bottom of the panel is a miniature protective railing which, as we remember, was customarily put around all venerated objects, Abundant floral patterns incorporating the lotus twist their way up the sides of the frame,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-287


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