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Pillar at Eran, Saugor District. On reverse architectural details

Pillar at Eran, Saugor District.  On reverse architectural details

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD3624

Item number: 3624

Length: 30.1

Width: 19.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the pillar at Eran, dated 1845-1852. On the reverse there are architectural details.

The sandstone column at Eran, more than 13 metres high, dates from AD 484. It has an inscription on its shaft which dates from the reign of the ruler Budhagupta. The fluted capital supports a square block with seated lions at the corners and the figures of Vishnu and Garuda standing back to back and a wheel positioned behind their heads. Eran was an important Hindu site occupied from the second-first centuries BC onwards and attained importance during the Gupta period in the fourth-sixth centuries AD.

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