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Sanchi: East Gate (back side), detail of elephant base, early Andhra Period

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: East Gate (back side), detail of elephant base, early Andhra Period
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Sanchi
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Figures of animals in the decorative systems at Sanchi usually appear in pairs symmetrically balanced and represent both real and mythical beings, The elephants are 'real' in the sense that their domestication has been a long tradition in India and that they are a familiar sight, At the same moment, the elephants are also legendary beasts known as 'caryatids of the universe' and the sacred vehicles of gods and kings, With this in mind, it is not at all surprising to find elephants acting as supports for the pillars of the stupa's gateway, for in this capacity they are fulfilling their dual role to perfection,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-291


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