Buddhist Sculptures from a Stupa near Goli Village, Guntur Districtby T. N. Ramachandran

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Buddhist Sculptures from a Stupa near Goli Village, Guntur District by T. N. RamachandranReview by: W. Norman BrownJournal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar., 1932), p. 90Published by: American Oriental SocietyStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/593600 .Accessed: 13/06/2014 00:39Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. .American Oriental Society is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Journal ofthe American Oriental Society.http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:39:59 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditionshttp://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=aoshttp://www.jstor.org/stable/593600?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp90 Reviews of Books The various Indian sciences offer an attractive field of study, as this work illustrates. Some have been treated already; others remain. The exploration of works dealing with them not only assists the student of literature; it may also contribute an item here and there to natural science. Buddhist Sculptures from a Stupa near Goli Village, Guntur District. By T. N. RAMACHANDRAN. (Bulletin of the Madras Museum -New Series, General Section, Vol. I, Part 1). Madras: GOVERNMENT PRESS, 1929. Pp. 47, with 12 plates. Rs. 2/12. A handful of sculptures from a stupa mound in the Guntur region, belonging to the " Amaravati School ", is here briefly, accurately, and scientifically described by Mr. Ramachandran. Every piece is clearly identified and compared, in tabular arrange- ment, with similar scenes in other sculpture of the same school. This table shows the parallel representations, and at the same time helps in dating the Goli finds, which Mr. Ramachandran considers from various points of view, and puts in the late (fourth) Amara- vati period. Mr. Ramachandran's method is one of perfect clarity, and his small monograph is a good piece of scholarship. While every scene is most plausibly identified, I should make a small suggestion concerning the details of one. In the case of the visit of the Buddha to his wife Yasodhard (Plate II F, described pp. 5-7), I would suggest that instead of reading the scenes from left to right, we should read them from Tight to left, as in the Nalagiri scene (Plate III HI). We would then have at the extreme right Rahula asking his mother to go visit the Buddha, while she refuses; in the center she would be seated waiting for the Buddha, while Rdhula, appearing before her, goes to invite him; at the left, the Buddha is entering the apartment, while Rdhula greets him, and Yas4odhard, at the extreme left, f alls to her knees. In the case of Plates I, IV, and VIII, the couples should perhaps be regarded as auspicious Mithuna couples. There is much more material in the Madras Government Museum, and in the Madras Presidency, which the Museum could well consider having Mr. Ramachandran publish. W. NORMAN BROWN. University of Pennsylvania. This content downloaded from on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:39:59 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditionshttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp


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