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Sanchi: North Gate, seen from Stupa, detail of animal sculpture at the end of lintel

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Title: Sanchi: North Gate, seen from Stupa, detail of animal sculpture at the end of lintel
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Sanchi
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Familiar to us by this time are the rider figures, Yakshis and spirals comprising the terminal decorations of the architraves at each of the Sanchi gates, The peacock appears somewhat infrequently, however, and it is thought to be a reference to King Asoka who began the work on the stupa, Asoka's royal medallion, we remember, was the figure of the peacock, We know, in any case, that the Indians admired the bird for its beauty, therefore, its appearance as mere decoration is acceptable, Floral motifs intermingle with the figured scenes and also appear as separate panels which are always tastefully handled by the Indian artists, Some scholars, such as Marshall, suggest that this naturally beautiful handling is inherent in the Indian artist's taste, We can see by this example why one would think so,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-304


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