Click here to skip to content

Ruins of the western torana or gateway, Sanchi Tope

Ruins of the western torana or gateway, Sanchi Tope

Photographer: Waterhouse, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1861

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/12(1297)

Item number: 1000121297

Length: 14.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruins of the western torana or gateway of the stupa of Sanchi, taken by James Waterhouse in 1861. 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 (c. 269-232 BC). Four elaborately carved gateways were added to the stupa during the 1st century BC. When the stupa was discovered in 1819, the various parts of the southern and western gateway were lying on the ground which were reconstructed by 1883. The western gateway originally consisted of two square posts crowned with a group of four pot-bellied dwarfs supporting a triple architrave with scrolled ends. The sculptures which cover the torana illustrate episodes from the life of Buddha from the Jataka legends.

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: