Fragment of an ancient statue of female figures, locally called Astabhuji (eight-armed), from Bihar, Partabgarh District.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of a sculpture fragment was taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s and is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series. It shows a fragment of an ancient statue of female figures, locally called Astabhuji (eight-armed), from Bihar, Partabgarh District. The town of Bihar is located thirty miles south west of Pratapgarh, on the northern bank of an ancient Ganges bed. Astabhuji is a local name for the goddess known as Durga throughout India and a small brick temple dedicated to her can be found at Bihar. Cunningham claims that the sculptures within this temple date to the Indo-Scythian period and the fragment pictured here may have been found inside the temple. Bihar is also known for the ruined Buddhist establishment that is known as the Tusaran mound.