Presented by Surgeon-Major F.A. Turton. There is an inscription on each face: one is a short dedicatory inscription in Brahmi characters of the Asoka type; the other consisting only of the word Vallabhasya, in medieval nagari characters.
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Upper section of a pillar surrounding the early Tree shrine at Bodhgaya, which marked the site of the historic Buddha Sakyamuni's enlightenment. Upper roundels depict devotees worshipping the sacred Bodhi tree and a scene of a princely figure receiving a hunter with a bird on a pole, probably from the Hansa Jataka story, relating to the Buddha 's previous existence as a goose who offered his life for another. An inscription in Brahmi script records the pillar as 'the gift of the noble lady Kurangi'
This pillar was found in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in Eastern India, and dates from the early 1st century. It formed part of the original sandstone railing encircling the tree shrine at Bodh Gaya, marking the site of the Buddha's enlightenment.
The surviving section represents the upper section of the pillar, and is decorated on two faces with roundels. The upper roundels depict devotees worshipping the sacred Bodhi tree and a scene of a princely figure receiving a hunter with a bird on a pole. This is probably a scene from the Hamsa Jataka story, which recounts the Buddha's previous existence as a goose who offered his life for another. A Brahmi inscription records the pillar as 'the gift of the noble lady Kurangi'.