Displayed at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, the motif of a woman holding on to the branches of a Sal tree is commonly referred to as Salabhanjika. It represents the fertility and abundance of nature.
This stone sculpture is a detail from a railing of a second-century Buddhist stupa found at Sanghol in Punjab. Sanghol was an important town on the ancient Silk Route and served as a meeting place for traders, pilgrims, artists, etc. Located on the Uttarapath – a major trade route, it connected Taxila with Mathura, Kaushambi, Sarnath, and Pataliputra. Here is a question for you about this motif.
This quiz has been created by the Heritage Lab and the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh.
Forget the Kohinoor, could we have the Amaravati Stupa sculptures back please?