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View of Deo (Bihar). March 1790

View of Deo (Bihar). March 1790

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD204

Item number: 204

Length: 300

Width: 407

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the view of Deo in Bihar, dated March 1790. Inscribed on front of mount in pencil: '15. Deo - Bahar'; on back in ink: 'Nr 21'. 'Deo in the Gya District.'

The Chaturbhuja Vishnu temple in the village of Deo in western Bihar was originally consecrated to the god Surya in the 10th century and converted into a Vishnu temple in the 15th century. The curvilinear superstructure, typical of Northern India, is crowned by an 'amalaka', a ribbed doughnut-shaped stone.

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