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Base of pillar, Indo-Corinthian capitals and elephants from base of stupa, and other architectural fragments, Jarwal-Garhi

Base of pillar, Indo-Corinthian capitals and elephants from base of stupa, and other architectural fragments, Jarwal-Garhi

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1017)

Item number: 10031017

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the base of a pillar, Indo-Corinthian capitals and other elements from Jarwal-Garhi, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In his report for the years 1872-73 A. Cunningham wrote, 'The Corinthian order is found in all the Buddhist ruins in Gandhara to the West of the Indus, and in Manikyala to the East...No piece of shaft has yet been discovered, but the bas-relief shows that there were both round and square pillars... The capitals of the Indo-Corinthian pillars are by far the most beautiful examples of Indo-Greek architecture which have come down to us...The early date I assign to the finest specimen...[is] the latter half of the 1st century BC...Among the sculptures exhumed from the courtyard of the Jamal-garhi stupa there were several small figures of elephants...with the trunk resting on the ground and holding a flower.'

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