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Fragment of the Inner Face of the Coping Showing an Elephant with Riders
Title Fragment of the Inner Face of the Coping Showing an Elephant with Riders
Museum Name Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
Gallery Name Early Sculpture
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Stone
Manufacturing Technique Chisiling and Carving
Artist's Nationality Indian
Country India
Provenance Bharhut, Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
Origin Place Bharhut, Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
Find Place Bharhut, Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
Style Shunga
Patron/Dynasty Shunga
Period / Year of Work C.2nd Century BCE
Inscription No
Dimensions 44.5 x 40.5 cm
Detailed Description Coping stone fragment showing a border of stepped merlons attenated by blue lotuses at the top.. Within the loop formed by the lotus rhizome is an elephant with two riders, the driver balancing a reliquary casket on the beast's head with one hand, and holding a goad with the other. The man, seated far to the back, holds a banner. The elephant is caparisoned with a rich cloth decorated with four-petaled flowers and weighted by bells attached to the front corner. The head of the elephant is adorned with a beaded fillet on which are strung ornamental axe-heads. The scenes may refer to the division of the corporal relics of the Buddha, and perhaps formed part of a processional scene, the tail of yet another elephant being visible to the left.
Brief Description Fragment of the Inner Face of the Coping stone of Bharhut stupa showing elephant with riders.