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India: Amaravati (Room 33a)

The Asahi Shimbun Gallery
3rd century BC – 3rd century AD

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Buddhism originated in north India and spread to other parts of the subcontinent in the third century BC. The Andhra region – located along the south-east coast – welcomed Buddhism and a stūpa, probably built to house a relic of the Buddha from the north was constructed at Amarāvatī.

Between the second century BE and third century AD, ornate slabs carved with detailed models of the stūpa were added to its exterior and it was surrounded by a limestone railing. This was carved with lotus roundels, scenes of worship and depictions of events in the life of the Buddha.

Many of these carvings are on display in Room 33a.

 

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