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Sanchi: Temple 17, beginning 5th cent.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: Temple 17, beginning 5th cent.
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Keywords: Gupta Period
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Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This well-preserved stone temple is one of very few of this period which have survived, Layout is obviously inspired by Greek temples with its porch supported by columns, its regular basements, its flat roof and rectangular sanctuary, The columns still have the bell-shaped capitals of the Mauryan period, but the back-to-back lions on the architrave supports are less important, The column shaft rises from a square base, becomes octagonal, then 16 sided and finally becomes round at the level of the capital, The stones are joined without mortar, dimensions of the monument are modest: 23' long, 13' wide, No indications whether it was Brahmanical or Buddhist, From this type derive most of the temples which are known as Indo-Aryan, or nagara, for it is its simplest form,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-890


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