Stirrups at Sanchi (or Wikipedia strikes again)
John C. Huntington
huntington.2 at OSU.EDU
Sun Jun 28 20:11:25 UTC 2009
Dear Alexandra and any other interested list members,
As a result of George Hart's note about the Wikipedia citation of
stirrups at Sanchi I examined all of our recent (2007) high resolution
digital images of the complete sculptural remains at Sanchi. In these
images, we are able to examine every single figure in each of the
reliefs at a nearly full-screen (2560 x1600 pixels) image. Horse
riders are quite commonly depicted on both the earlier Sanchi Stupa 2
vedika (ca. 120-100 BCE) and on the toranas of Stupa 1 (ca. 25 BCE).
In no case could I identify a rider using stirrups. However, in one
or two images on the Stupa 2 vedika, the chinch strap that holds the
saddle blanked in place could possibly be confused with a stirrup
strap by some one ignorant of horse tack. However these are sculptural
anomalies and, as once serious horseman, I can assure you that they
are not supporting stirrups in any fashion.
Simply stated, after a detailed examination of the evidence there are
no stirrups depicted at Sanchi.
John C. Huntington, Professor
(Buddhist Art and Methodologies)
Department of the History of Art
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, U.S.A.
On Jun 28, 2009, at 11:04 AM, Alexandra van der Geer wrote:
> I could find no depiction of a stirrup in Sanchi stone sculptures,
> nor in Gandharan ones. Has anybody a picture of or precise reference
> to such evidence?
> Alexandra van der Geer
> Athens / Leiden
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