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The sculpture of the mahaparinirvana of the Buddha at Kasia.

The sculpture of the mahaparinirvana of the Buddha at Kasia.

Artist: Ramnarayan Bhagat (fl. c.1880)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4617

Item number: 4617

Length: 50

Width: 68

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Drawing of the sculpture of the 'mahaparinirvana' of the Buddha at Kushinagar, also known as Kasia, by Ramnarayan Bhagat, c.1880. Kushinagar is believed to be the town where Buddha died, commemorated by a brick cremation stupa and a statue of a reclining figure in the Mahaparinirvana Temple, represented in this drawing. A plaque above the statue is inscribed: "This famous statue and temple of the Nirvana of the Buddha were discovered, and along with the adoining(sic) stupa, excavated, and the statue (which was found broken and scattered into numberless fragments) was entirely reconstructed, repaired and restored and the temple also repaired, and roofed by A.G. Carlleyle, Assistant Archaeological Surveyor, Archaeological Survey of India. Kusinagar, March 1877.' Inscribed in ink below: 'Statue of Buddha - Kasia (214t. long). Drawn by Ramnarayan Bhaggat Drawftman Sellempoor Survey.' In pencil below': Nor.7. feet 21 feet'[?inches]' 5."

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