chauri-bearer from Didarganj (Bihar), and (4) the stone elephant from Dhauli
Artistically these figures do not appear to belong to the same tradition as
the animal capitals. They were probably carved by local craftsmen and not by
the special craftsmen who were responsible for the animal capitals.
The Didarganj Yakshi or Chauri Bearer is widely viewed by
archaeologists as one of the finest and most precious artefacts of ancient
Indian sculptural art. The statue"s nose was damaged during a travelling
exhibition, The Festival of India, en route to Smithsonian Institution and
the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA.