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Title

Votive stupa with base

1st century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The stupa is probably the most revered symbol in Buddhism. Its shape is based on the memorial mound raised over the mortal remains of the Buddha Shakyamuni. For the early Buddhists, the stupa was a symbol both of the Buddha's Parinirvana (extinction) and of the faith itself. Images of the stupa abound in Buddhist art, in media as diverse as stone, bronze, crystal and gold. This formally proportioned stupa is typical in construction: a base, a hemispherical body surmounted by a 'harmika' (a square structure derived from the fenced enclosures of early shrines), and crowned by a multi-tiered umbrella.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.26.


Details


Place where the work was made

Ancient Gandhara Pakistan


Date

1st century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

marble


Dimensions

23.0 x 11.9 cm overall :

a - lid; 20 x 8.3 cm

b - base; 3.1 x 11.9 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

27.2000.a-b



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 26 (colour illus.).