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Stele with a standing ithyphallic image. 17-20 December 1789.

Stele with a standing ithyphallic image. 17-20 December 1789.

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840), and Daniell, William (1769-1837

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD1757

Item number: 1757

Length: 300

Width: 218

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of a sculpture of a Hindu divinity by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, December 1789. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: 'Mahadevah' (in Devanagari) 'Benne Mado S. of Mosque.'

A stele is an upright inscribed slab or pillar used as a gravestone. This image was probably originally a Harihara, since Garuda and Nandi are both in attendance below, but the artist has not differentiated the two sides of the image, while the attributes are unclear apart from a 'trisula' and a 'cakra'. The Daniells seem to have seen this image near the remains of the Benimadhava temple beside Aurangzeb's mosque above the Panchganga Ghat in Varanasi, uttar Pradesh.

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