Nov 7, 2012

Double-Faced Crossbar from a Railing

Double-Faced Crossbar from a Railing

c. 150 BC

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Plum-colored sandstone

Overall: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)

The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1982.44


This lens-shaped section of a crossbar is from one of the the earliest known Buddhist monuments in India to be embellished with stone relief carvings. It is from a circular fence that surrounded a stupa and demarcated the sacred space from the outside world.


What Is a Stupa?
A Sacred Space
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