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Depar Gangro, Hyderabad District, Sindh. General view of the thul or stupa

Depar Gangro, Hyderabad District, Sindh. General view of the thul or stupa

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/4(1527)

Item number: 1527

Length: 16.3

Width: 24.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the thul or stupa at Depar Gangro in the Hyderabad District in Sind, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896-7. This is a general view looking across the plain towards the ruined stupa. The print is reproduced as Plate L (a) in Henry Cousens, Brahmanabad-Mansura in Sind, Archaeological Survey of India, Annual Report 1903-04. Cousens wrote, "Six miles to the north-east of the great site, usually called Brahmanabad...is the smaller site of Depar Ghangro...The great mass of brick and mud masonry, rising above the plain, out of the top of a low mound of brick debris, I found to be the remains of a Buddhist stupa...It was built of good, large sized, burnt brick set in mud with a core of sun-dried bricks. I made a cutting down into what I judged to be the centre...in my digging I got several fragments of terra-cotta, or brick ornament, similar to that which decorates the pilasters on the Buddhist thul Mir Rukhan, near Daulatpur, sixty miles to the north-west of Depar Ghangro...and so exactly like it, that it might have been made by the same hand...What other ruins there are at Depar Ghangro partake of the nature of those at Brahmanabad, except that the larger Hindu bricks are not so apparent. Coins, beads, fragments of shell bangles, with fragments of glass are found about the place. In one spot I found about a basket full of rusted fragments of old swords. Corroded copper coins and fragments are found lying on the surface in quantities...There are no signs whatever of fortifications, walls or gates at Depar Ghangro."

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