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General view of restored small gateway, Sanchi Tope 10031362

General view of restored small gateway, Sanchi Tope 10031362

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1362)

Item number: 10031362

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Stupa 3, Sanchi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Deen Dayal in 1883. Stupa 3 of Sanchi was originally built in the 2nd Century BC and later enlarged between the 1st Century BC and th 1st Century AD. It is smaller than the Stupa 1 but of great importance because some reliquary caskets inscribed with the names of two Buddha's disciples, Shariputra and Maudgalyayana, were found inside the dome. There is only one gateway or torana (1st Century AD and rebuilt in 1883) which consists of 2 square posts crowned by a group of yakshas or pot-bellied dwarfs, that support a triple architrave. The relief sculptures represent episodes from the life of Buddha..

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