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Close view of the small inscription in shell character on the Buddhagupta Pillar, Eran, Sagar District

Close view of the small inscription in shell character on the Buddhagupta Pillar, Eran, Sagar District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1296)

Item number: 10031296

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a small inscription in shell characters on the Buddhagupta pillar at Eran, taken by Henry Cousens c. 1892-94. The town of Eran has been occupied from the second century BC onwards. It is located in a naturally defensible position, in a bend in the Bina river. Eran was an important site during the Gupta period and this view shows a close view of part of the inscription on the Buddhagupta Pillar which was erected during at that time. Standing to a height of thirteen metres, the pillar is made of sandstone and was sculpted and erected in 484. It is topped by a fluted capital with two seated lions and the figures of Vishnu and Garuda seated at the top. The pillar has a long inscription on the shaft which explains that it was erected by king Buddhagupta.

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