On the Lustgarten side of the Humboldt Forum, the replica of an ancient Indian gate will enrich the outdoor space: the famous East Gate of Sanchi. As part of one of the oldest and most important preserved Buddhist sanctuaries, the gateway in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A plaster cast of the original gate was on display in Berlin from 1886 in what was then the Royal Museum of Ethnology; another copy made of cast stone has been on display in Berlin-Dahlem since 1970. The completion of the replica made of sandstone for the Humboldt Forum, in which stone sculptors from India are also involved, is planned for the end of the year.
In front of Portal 5 of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, work is currently underway to erect a replica of the magnificent Sanchi Gate, which in future will point to the famous collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art in the Humboldt Forum in a highly visible location on Schlossplatz opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The new moulding is a replica, milled from sandstone for the first time, of Sanchi’s East Gate, which is almost 10 metres high and about 6 metres wide. Detailed scenes decorate the picture surfaces of the three crossbeams and the two pillars. Most of them are episodes from …
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Image above: Rendering from the preliminary planning © Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss