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Pillar of Ashoka

“Pillar of Ashoka”
Sandalwood, ivory, indian Blackwood
Northern India
Circa 1910

Model of the pillar of Ashoka found at Sarnath. The pillars of Ashoka are a series of monolithic columns positioned throughout Northern India built by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (268 – 232 BCE). Medieval Chinese Buddhist pilgrims mention this particular column but it was lost until rediscovered during the excavations undertaken by Friedrich Oscar Oertel in 1904-5

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