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Ramagrama Stupa, about 100 AD, Amaravati Relief

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Ramagrama Stupa, about 100 AD, Amaravati Relief
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Keywords: Late Andhra;Amaravati;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: One of the relics of the Buddha was brought to Ramagrama and a stupa erected in its honour, A naga lived in a lake not far away and came to worship at the stupa in the hope of recovering his original form which he had lost because of his sins, When King Asoka wanted to remove the holy relics from this stupa the naga came and implored him to refrain and told him his story, And Asoka went away, fearing to offend the naga, The stupa is here surrounded by two naga kings accompanied by their nagini who are kneeling, The naga on the right holds a flower at which a bee is sucking, This naga was probably recarved at a later date, He wears the brahmanical sacred thread, and the head and body are not in the same style, compare with those on the left, The stupa is surrounded by five-headed serpents and carries many flower-shaped umbrellas,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-729


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