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Front view of sculpture of female figures beneath a tree, Kota, Mathura District

Front view of sculpture of female figures beneath a tree, Kota, Mathura District

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(835)

Item number: 1003835

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a fragment of sculpture from Kota near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer sometime in the 1880s or 1890s. This sculpture formed part of a Buddhist railing pillar and is reproduced as a lithograph and described in A. Cunningham's Report of a tour in Eastern Rajputana in 1882-83, "Kota is a small village to the west of the Delhi road, 3 miles to the north of Mathura...It possesses a large kund, or reservoir for retaining water, with a masonry causeway or wall, 300 feet long and from 3¼ to 4½ feet thick, built across an extensive hollow to the north-east of the village...several small pillars of some old Buddhist building are built into this causeway...To the north of the kund there is a long mound...This mound is said to have yielded all the pillars that are shown scattered about...[one of which is] a group of two females standing standing side by side under a large tree, which is fully represented on the back of the stone. It must, therefore, have been placed in such a position to be seen all round." (Archaeological Survey of India, vol. XX, 1885)

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