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Close view of lion capital of right pillar of East Gate of the Stupa of Bharhut

Close view of lion capital of right pillar of East Gate of the Stupa of Bharhut

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1480)

Item number: 10031480

Length: 22.5

Width: 14.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a close view of the lion capital of the right pillar of the East Gate of the Stupa of Bharhut, taken by Josepd D. Belgar in 1874. The Stupa of Bharhut was erected around 150 BC in different stages of the Shunga period. The hemispherical dome was encircled by an inner and an outer railing (vedika). There were openings at the 4 cardinal points. Each gate consisted of two twin octagonal columns capped by lotus shaped capitals supporting a flat abacus on which were seated two addorsed lions separated by a lotus palm. The central block, decorated with a motif of pearls and beads and flowers with 4 and 8 petals, used to constitute the support of the lower beam of the torana. This photograph shows the fragments of the capital on the right of the East gateway of the stupa.

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