DMPQ- Compare and contrast Asokan Pillar and Achaemenian Pillar.

 

Asokan pillarAchaemenian Pillar.
Smooth surface of PillarPersian pillars are fluted
MonolithicBuilt of separate segments
Free standing pillarWere part of some larger architectural scheme, composed of too many parts
shape and ornamentation of the Maurya lotus is differentLotus shape and orientation are different and independent animals carved are different.
Use of polished stoneUse of polished stone
In the Mauryan pillars, the inverted lotus appears at the top of the shaft.The Persian pillars stand on bases either shaped like a bell or a plain rectangular or circular block.

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