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Ornate Gateway pillar
Title Ornate Gateway pillar
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Gallery-01
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Lime stone
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Style Nagarjunakonda art.
School Late phase of Amaravathi school
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvakus
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions 230 X 26 X 24cm
Detailed Description This minutely carved slender pillar forms a pair with another similar pillar (Acc. No. 15). Both were recovered from excavation at Site-29 near the Vishnu temple known as the Asthabhujasvami temple. It has a low moulded square base; a cubical portion with frontal pose of an elephant on three sides and a royal lady holding a flower in her left hand and a sword in the right, followed by a maid holding a toiletry or a pitcher of wine; an octagonal band with mutilated dancing(?) figures at the corners, Yakshas and animals within floral cusps and a circular shaft with intricate flower designs. Above the shaft the same details are executed in a reverse order. A tenon is provided at the top, obviously to hold a torana lintel beam. The elaborate ornamentation of this pillar revealing an elment of secular art tradition has no parallel at Nagarjunakonda.
Brief Description Lime Stone- Ornate Gateway pillar depicting elephants, camels, creeper design etc. Mended.