Click here to skip to content

Front view of West Gateway of the Great Stupa after restoration, Sanchi, Bhopal State

Front view of West Gateway of the Great Stupa after restoration, Sanchi, Bhopal State

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1357)

Item number: 10031357

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the west gateway of the Great Stupa of Sanchi after restoration, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Deen Dayal in 1883. The great Stupa of Sanchi is the most important surviving monument of the Shunga era (c.185-75 BC). It consists of a large hemispherical dome which was built over an already existing stupa ascribed to the 3rd Century BC from the time of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka Maurya. Four elaborately carved gateways were added to the stupa during the 1st Century BC. When General Taylor came across the stupa in 1818, the various parts of the southern and western gateway were lying on the ground. They were reconstructed by 1883. The Western Gateway consists of two square posts crowned with a group of four pot-bellied dwarfs which support a triple architrave with volute ends. The sculptures on the posts represent the Paradise of Indra, the visit of Indra and other gods to the Buddha and a scene from the Mahakapi Jataka; the carvings on the architraves depict the sermon of the Buddha at Sarnath, bodhi trees and trees and stupas of the Manushi Buddhas.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: