Section of Monolithic Railing with Bather and Lotus Medallions

Section of Monolithic Railing with Bather and Lotus Medallions

c. 150-250

Red sandstone

Overall: 53.3 x 45.8 cm (21 x 18 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.71

Fun Fact

In the windows above, carved on the coping stone, are two voyeurs and a bowl made of leaves filled with flower garlands, which would be used to adorn the sacred site.

Description

Railings demarcated a sacred space, such as a tree shrine or a stupa. Images associated with purifying waters were carved on the railings, as if to symbolically cleanse those who passed through the gate. Under a fruit-bearing tree is a young woman squeezing water from her hair. In a visual depiction of an ancient Indian poetic trope, a goose mistakes the drops of water for pearls and comes to eat them.

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