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General view of inscribed pillar at Kahaon

General view of inscribed pillar at Kahaon

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(685)

Item number: 1003685

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an inscribed pillar at Kahaon in Uttar Pradesh, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1880-81. The pillar is made of grey sandstone. The spike at the top would originally have held the image of an animal, usually a lion, bull or elephant. Alexander Cunningham wrote in his report for 'The Archaeological Survey of India Vol XVI' (1880-81), "On the west face of the pillar...stands a perfectly nude figure, about 3½ feet high, with dis-proportionally long arms; there are also two attendant figures, one on either side...In my opinion, the principal feature of this sculpture is the fantastic canopy over it...formed by the heads of seven snakes, which emanate from the behind the figure, and by their manifold coils form the background. Towards the north, and on the octagonal part of the shaft...there is an inscription of twelve lines." The inscription has been dated to the Gupta period by Fuhrer.

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