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A broken sculpture found at Amaravati during Mackenzie’s first visit to the site. Published as an engraving in Asiatic Researches (9) 1809, opposite p.274

A broken sculpture found at Amaravati during Mackenzie’s first visit to the site. Published as an engraving in Asiatic Researches (9) 1809, opposite p.274

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.52

Length: 47.5

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of a broken sculpture found at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, during Mackenzie’s first visit to the site, from an album of 56 sheets of drawings (60 folios) mainly of miscellaneous architecture and sculpture in the Deccan and S. India, dated 1793-1806. The drawing was published as an engraving in Asiatic Researches (9) 1809, opposite p.274, to accompany the 'Extract of a Journal by Major C. MacKenzie'. In his Journal Mackenzie wrote, "In consequence of notices received at Ongole, I determined to call at Amresvaram to see the antiquities lately discovered there...We were then conducted to those remains of antiquity. We found a circular trench...dug...into a mass of masonry...a mass of masonry was thrown outside the ditch...In this ditch, a white slab lay broken, which still exhibited some figures in relievo, of which Mr. Sydenham took a sketch." He described the piece of sculpture, "A broken piece, still lying in the ditch, or excavated foundation, on which appeared something like a Lingam, or a pillar, risinh through what seemed shaped like a desk, but was probably designed for an altar; a male figure stood on the left, with its arms disposed as if pouring something on it; but as the upper part, and what he held, were broken off, this seems doubtful. Near him stood a female, holding a Chambu, or pot on her head, in the Hindu style. My brahmen naturally enough concluded, that this represented a female carrying water to assist in the offering to the Lingam...the stone was a white marble, called by the natives Pal-rayi, or milk stone."

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