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Ruins of West Gate before restoration, Sanchi 10031354

Ruins of West Gate before restoration, Sanchi 10031354

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1354)

Item number: 10031354

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the west gate at Sanchi, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections by Deen Dayal in 1882. The Great Stupa of Sanchi is the most important surviving monument of the Shunga era. The large hemispherical dome 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. The Western Gateway consists of 2 square posts crowned with a group of 4 pot-bellied dwarfs which support a triple architrave with scrolled ends. This photograph shows part of the ruined architrave sculptured with scenes from the life of Buddha. The gateway was reconstructed in 1883.

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