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Close view of inscription on monolithic pillar at Pathari, Bhopal State

Close view of inscription on monolithic pillar at Pathari, Bhopal State

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1332)

Item number: 10031332

Length: 23.2

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the monolithic inscribed pillar at Pathari, taken by Henry Cousens in c. 1892-94 and described in J.D. Beglar, Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72... (A.S.I. vol VII, Calcutta, 1878), pp. 67-68: "The monolithic pillar in the city...is a tall, round, plain, slightly-tapering shaft of white compact sandstone; the lower portion, for a height of 7 feet 9 1/2 inches, being a square of 2 feet 2 inches each way, with a slightly projecting panel, 2 feet 2 inches wide, on each side. On the northern panel is an inscription in late Gupta character, much worn by the weather...The capital consists of a disk, with rounded and corrugated edge, shaped like the central zone of an oblate spheroid, and is surmounted by a square abacus; the whole is surmounted by two human figures placed back to back, armed and bearing shields."

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