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General view of ruined temples, Telkupi, Manbhum District.

General view of ruined temples, Telkupi, Manbhum District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(159)

Item number: 1003159

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of some ruined temples at Telkupi taken by Joseph David Beglar between 1872 and 1873. This group of temples was described by Beglar, at the time this photograph was taken as, ''...perhaps, the finest and largest number of temples within a small space that is to be found in the Chutia Nagpur Circle in Bengal.'' At Telkupi there are over 15 large temples and many small shrines like those shown in this photograph. This has meant that the identification of particular structures from photographs is problematic. As Bloch tells us: ''It is impossible to identify each single temple with those described by Mr Beglar.''

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