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Taxila: Beam railing from Shrine No. 1 at Sirkap, Taxila, Museum,

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Taxila: Beam railing from Shrine No. 1 at Sirkap, Taxila, Museum,
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara
Archaeology & Architecture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The site of Sirkap is one of three major archaeologically important excavations in the eastern capital of Taxila in Ghandara, Its greatest occupation began with the conquest of the Punjab by the Graeco-Bactrians in the 2nd century B.C. , it continued as a primary center of foreign rule thereafter until after the fall of the Kushans, The railing itself is in the native Indian style: three component parts, uprights, crossbars, and coping: no decoration, As we see the railing here, reconstructed as well as possible in its original position, its resemblance to a Vedic fire altar is quite marked, The fire altars were part of Vedic ritual and were surrounded by a lower set of altars acting like a wall to the first one, The style of these lower altars was modified into the sort of railing we have here and which usually surrounds the stupa
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-520


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