A stupa is a free-standing domed structure that served as a monumental container of relics and symbol of the death of Buddha. Devotion is expressed by walking around the dome, itself a cosmic emblem, which was enriched by sculptured reliefs. The curved relief is divided into two registers by a dentil molding set with lion masks. The upper register contains niches with figures based on the life of Buddha, such as Buddha in a cave (#3) and Indra worshipping the Buddha (#4).
architecture; Buddhism; figures; narrative; patterns; symbolism
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