Fragments of carved railings from a stupa at Beshnagar, Bhopal State
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a portion of railing, coping stone, rail bar, etc., from Besnagar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In his Report of tours of 1874-75 and 1876-77, A. Cunningham wrote, "Just outside the small village of Besnagar, on the east side, I found several portions of a Buddhist railing which once surrounded a Stupa. These consisted of a curved coping-stone...one railing pillar, and two rail bars. As all four are inscribed with short records of the donors in Ashoka characters, the date of the Stupa cannot be placed later than the middle of the 3rd century B.C...On the inner face [of the coping stone] there is a procession of four elephants and four horsemen...[The outer] face is divided into ten panels by a continuous band...The railing pillar...is pierced with three sockets for the reception of the rail-bars...On each face [of the two rail-bars] there is a large lotus flower..."