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Sanchi: Temple 18, about 650 A.D.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sanchi: Temple 18, about 650 A.D.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Sanchi;architecture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Temple 18 at Sanchi represents one of the earliest of the few constructed free-standing chaitya halls in India and possesses within its groundplan all the basic elements characteristic to early rock-cut chaitya halls in the cliffs of certain locations throughout India, It is much higher than the little single-celled structure of Temple No. 17, seen in slide four, which is also located at this site at Sanchi not far from the Great Stupa, Halls of this sort were dominant features in Buddhist architecture because unlike Hindu worship, Buddhist religious devotion was most often expressed in the company of large groups, This type of worship is prevalent in all Buddhist centers in India and usually included a circumambulation of a stupa located with the chaitya hall at the apse, Thus, the Buddhist chaitya hall was the most advanced form of architecture and the most elaborately decorated until the coming of the Moslems,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-893


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