Female statue at Beshnagar, Bhopal State
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a female figure from Besnagar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. Besnagar is located at a fork between the rivers Betwa and Bes. It was a large city from the Mauryan period onwards which has been confirmed from the coins found at the site. The figure is almost life-size and is made of sandstone. It belongs to an early era, possibly Mauryan or Shunga and represents a voluptuous woman holding a bunch of flowers in her left hand and a stiff object in the right hand. The meaning of these attributes is not very clear. She wears a lot of jewellery, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings but minimal clothes. The statue is now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta.