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Court with stupa, after excavation, Ali Masjid.

Court with stupa, after excavation, Ali Masjid.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(960)

Item number: 1003960

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a court with stupa was taken by Joseph David Beglar between 1878 and 1879; it forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). This photograph shows the ruined courtyard around a Buddhist stupa near Ali Masjid at the head of the Khyber Pass in the North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. A stupa is a hemispherical monument which would have formed the focus of worship at Buddhist religious sites such as Ali Masjid. This photograph shows the site of a stupa after excavation. It illustrates the type of context from which many of the sculptures photographed as part of these collections came from.

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