Double-Faced Crossbar from a Railing

c. 150 BCE
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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.
Double-Faced Crossbar from a Railing

Double-Faced Crossbar from a Railing

c. 150 BCE

India, Madhya Pradesh, Bharhut, Shunga period


What Is a Stupa?

A Sacred Space

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