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RAILING PILLAR
Red mottled sandstone
Northern India. Kushan period
1st/2nd century
Height 125 cms


The form of the stupa and its function as a Buddhist object of devotion are inextricable conected with a railing (vedica) is meant to be circumbalated by Buddhist devotees, not merely viewed. The vedika appears to be a direct imitation in stone of a wooden prototype , and it is probable that its form and decorations had a long tradition in woodcarving prior to their translation into stone.
This is a pillar corner, belonging to a railing stupa. Carved on the front and back in shalow relief with floral stilyzed motives, with five rectangular pannels separated by lines of pealrs and waves, in one side of the strut three lentoid niches for insertion of horizontal railing.

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Spink & Son Ltd 1980