An image of Votive stupa with base

Unknown Artist

Votive stupa with base

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Ancient Gandhara, Pakistan
Period
India: Kushan period mid 1st century–early 5th century
Year
1st century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
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
Accession number
27.2000.a-b