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Sandstone fragment of a doorjamb


Height: 62.500 cm

Gift of Douglas Barrett, Esq., in memory of Madhuri Desai

Asia OA 1976.6-21.1

Room 33: Asia

    Sandstone fragment of a doorjamb

    From Central India
    Gupta period, 5th- 6th century AD

    With floriate scroll and ganas

    This fragmentary doorjamb, from the doorway of an early temple, is a wonderful example of the finest workmanship of the Gupta period (AD 320-550). The whole relief is divided vertically into two planes. At the bottom of the section on the proper right squats a fat dwarf, probably a yaksha. He holds a floral scroll which issues from his mouth. The scroll itself is imbued with life and movement and is emblematic of the vitality associated with the god whose image would have been placed inside the temple just beyond the doorway. That the god was Shiva, one of the great deities of Hinduism, is suggested by the dwarf-life figures on the rest of the jamb. These are ganas, the horde of small demons and spirits who are part of the army or troop of Shiva.


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