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Close view of capital with four winged animals with human heads, from Cahubara mound, Mathura

Close view of capital with four winged animals with human heads, from Cahubara mound, Mathura

Photographer: Caney, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(838)

Item number: 1003838

Genre: Photograph

Photograph taken by W.Caney around 1872 of a capital with four winged animals with human heads found at Mathura. The capital was sculpted out of red sandstone in the 2nd century AD and was excavated by Cunningham around the time when this photograph was taken. The capital was found in the Chaubara mound which is the largest of the many different areas of ancient occupation at Mathura. The capital represents four human headed winged lions seated back to back with curved horns. Cunningham identifies these as Buddhist deities and most of the sculptural pieces found within Chaubara depict Buddhist themes. The hole pierced into the centre was to receive the post of the crowning emblem. The capital is pictured laid on a pallet after excavation.

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