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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Sanchi: Photo 12

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For protection, the capital from Sanchi's Ashokan column is in the Sanchi museum.  The stone is not the local sandstone, used for most of the work at Sanchi.  Instead, it came from Chunar, some 500 miles away.  Marshall was convinced that the sculptor was an "Asiatic Greek," possibly from Bactria.  India in the third century B.C., he argued, did not have sculptors who could do work like this.  Needless to say, Indian authorities disagree.

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