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Front view of an ancient inscribed statue, perhaps a yaksha, Parkham, Mathura District

Front view of an ancient inscribed statue, perhaps a yaksha, Parkham, Mathura District

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(858)

Item number: 1003858

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an ancient inscribed statue, perhaps a yaksha at Parkham, Mathura District, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. Parkham is situated between Agra and Mathura, about 14 miles from the latter. In his report of a tour in 1882-83, A. Cunningham wrote, "Parkham is remarkable for the possession of the oldest statue that has yet been found in the Mathura district...a colossal standing figure of a man cut in the round, 7 feet in height from head to foot and 2 feet broad across the shoulders...The statue is made of grey sandstone, and still retains many traces of having been highly polished...Both arms being broken off just below the shoulder, it is difficult to say what was the action of the figure. But I suspect that the statue was that of a yaksha, or attendant demi-god, who carried a chauri over the right shoulder...As the characters [of the inscription on the base]are those of the Asoka period, the statue must belong to the 3rd century B.C..."

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