General view of the Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath 1003673
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Damekh Stupa at Sarnath from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates), taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1870s. The Damekh Stupa, the most imposing monument of Sarnath, dates mostly from the 5th-6th century while the foundation date of the stupa is unknown. It consists of a cylindrical tower more than 30 metres high, a solid structure with a drum of stonework decorated in the upper part with designs from the Gupta period such as luxuriant foliation with stalks, leaves and flowers, birds and geometric patterns. The eight arched niches are now empty.