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General view from north-east of ruins at Eran, Sagar District

General view from north-east of ruins at Eran, Sagar District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1293)

Item number: 10031293

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the of ruins at Eran, Sagar District taken by Henry Cousens between 1892 and 1894. The town of Eran has been occupied from the second century BC onwards. It is located in a naturally defensible position, in a bend in the Bina river. Eran was an important site during the Gupta period and this view shows some of the monuments that were built at that time. In the centre is the Buddhagupta Pillar (484). This pillar stands to a height of thirteen metres and has a long inscription on the shaft. This explains that the pillar was erected by king Buddhagupta. Above the pillar is a capital with seated lions. To the left stands the remaining column of a gateway. In the background is a massive boar statue which dates to the fifth Century, and to the right of this the ruins of a ninth century Vishnu Temple. This photograph is taken from the north-east

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