A Gate to the Stupa of Sanchi

Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1932
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 39.4 x 27.4 cm (15 1/2 x 10 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Katherine W. Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

gate, Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stupa

To 1996
Henry Edwin Robison (1913-2008), Palo Alto, CA, to 1996

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Henry Edwin Robison in 1996

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henry Edwin Robison 1913-2008


From Bombay, Yoshida traveled by automobile to Sanchi. The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, including the Great Stupa and the gate shown in Yoshida's print, reached their present form with stone additions in the first century B.C.E. Although not directly connected with the life of the historical Buddha, the monuments of Sanchi constitute important evidence of early Buddhist architecture in India. In addition to the Great Stupa--a dome-shaped structure containing a relic chamber--there were additional smaller stupas, pillars, shrines, and monastic buildings. The site was excavated and restored under British direction during the late nineteenth century, after its rediscovery by a British military officer in 1818.

In this print, Yoshida chose to depict one of the four carved stone gates located at the cardinal points of the wall surrounding the Great Stupa. A group of Indian visitors is seated on a mat in the foreground.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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