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Front view of Buddhist railing pillars found at Garhwa, Allahabad District

Front view of Buddhist railing pillars found at Garhwa, Allahabad District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(666)

Item number: 1003666

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of railing pillars found at Garhwa, Allahabad District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. Garhwa has yielded sculptures depicting both Buddhist and Hindu themes. In a report of a series of tours in that area in 1874-75 and 1876-77, A. Cunningham wrote, "The architectural remain exhumed are of great interest, as they are of very superior execution, and must certainly belong to the period of the Guptas, whose inscriptions were found in them. The sculptures upon them are remarkable for their bold and deep carvings, as well as for the good drawing and the easy and often graceful attitudes of the figures. The two tall pillars are known to be the side-pieces of an entrance...The faces of these entrance pillars were divided into panels of different sizes... The only part requiring notice is the use of the Buddhist railing as a division between two of the panels...I infer that the structure to which all these pillars belonged was most probably a Buddhist vihar or temple."

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