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Inscribed statue of Brahma, from Garhwa, Allahabad District.

Inscribed statue of Brahma, from Garhwa, Allahabad District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(660)

Item number: 1003660

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. At Garhwa there is a pentagonal shaped compound inside which are the remains of a temple and other structures many of which are now un-identifiable. The earliest remains date to the Gupta period however the site was occupied for a number of centuries. This is attested to by the many different styles of sculpture that have been found inside the compound. This photograph shows a statue of Brahma, one of a set of three. At the time this photograph was taken Cunningham said: "The next remains in point of antiquity are three seated colossal statues of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, which are now placed against the southern wall of the enclosure. These statues, which are all of large size, were the gift of the Jogi Jwaladitya, the son of Bhattananta, as recorded in the inscriptions on their pedestals. The statues are 6 feet high and 4 feet broad, and are made of coarse grey sandstone. There is no date in any of the inscriptions, but the style of the letters is that of the Kutila character of the 10th century..." A. Cunningham, Report for the year 1871-72 (A.S.I. vol. III, Calcutta, 1873), pp. 56

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