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General view of excavations of the Jain stupa at Kankali Tila, Mathura

General view of excavations of the Jain stupa at Kankali Tila, Mathura

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1889

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(855)

Item number: 1003855

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the excavations of the Jain stupa at Kankali Tila, Mathura, taken by Edmund William Smith around 1889. Mathura has extensive archaeological remains as it was a large and important city from the middle of the first millennium onwards. It rose to particular prominence under the Kushans as the town was their southern capital. This photograph was reproduced in Vincent A. Smith, The Jain Stupa and other antiquities of Mathura (Allahabad, 1901). Smith comments that, ''the absence of explanatory notes recorded at the time, is ... unsatisfactory...and I am unable to give the needed explanations.'' Bloch writing in 1900 states that: ''The excavations were carried on by Dr Burgess in January 1888, and by Dr F├╝hrer in January 1889...Most of the sculptures shown in the above plates come from this mound.''

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