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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 22 X 25cm
Detailed Description This minutely carved slender pillars forms a pair with another similar pillar (Acc, No. 14). 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 right hand and a sword in the left, followed by a maid holdhing 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 carved in a reverse order. A tenon is provided at the top, obviously, to hold a torana-lintel beam. The elaborated ornamentation of this pillar revealing an element of secular art-tradition has no parallel at Nagarjunakonda.
Brief Description Lime Stone - Ornate Gateway pillar depicting elephants, camels, creeper design etc. Mended.