Seven Kings Laying Siege to Kushinagara

Illustration

Dr Avantika Lal
by Biswarup Ganguly
published on 01 October 2018
Seven Kings Laying Siege to Kushinagara

This scene shows seven kings marching towards the city of Kushinagara to lay siege to it. The kings are distinguished by their royal umbrellas and attendants with flying whisks standing or seated behind them. The city with its high walls is depicted at the extreme left end. Men and women can be seen looking at the advancing army from their balconies and from battlements.

This scene is a good example of the nature of besieging armies and royalty leading them in ancient India (pre-Mauryan and Mauryan periods). As compared to the Vedic and Epic periods, the kings are riding elephants or horses instead of chariots. Only one king is seen riding a chariot. This shows the decline of the chariot as the preferred command vehicle and its otherwise general utility on the battlefield.

Location: Rear middle architrave, Western Gateway, Stupa 1, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India. 3rd century BCE to 1st century CE.

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