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Close view of colossal statue of mother and child in the Gadarmal Temple, Pathari, Bhopal State.

Close view of colossal statue of mother and child in the Gadarmal Temple, Pathari, Bhopal State.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1324)

Item number: 10031324

Length: 23.4

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a colossal statue of mother and child taken by Joseph David Beglar between 1871 and 1872. This statue was found standing inside the Gadarmal temple by Beglar. "The principal statue inside is a life-size figure of Maya Devi with the infant Buddha; this superb bas-relief, which competent judges have pronounced to be the finest and largest piece of Indian sculpture...is 6 feet 3 inches long, 3 feet 6 inches wide...", Beglar, Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72 (A.S.I. vol VII, Calcutta, 1878), p. 70. Due to the presence of this sculpture and other Buddhist design elements, the temple was identified by Beglar as originally Brahmanical with a conversion in the 9th century to use as a Buddhist shrine. Bloch, however refuses to believe that the temple was ever used by Buddhists and claims that this statue could be Krishna, Parvarti or any other Brahmanical subject.

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