Inscribed statue of the Buddha, A.D. 448-9, found at Mankuwar, Allahabad District.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of an inscribed statue of the Buddha was taken by Joseph David Beglar c. 1870s as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. The statue was found at Makuar in Allahabad district. The date of the statue is disputed, A. Cunningham believes that it dates to A.D. 320 however J.D.Beglar states that it was sculpted around A.D. 448. The piece has been placed on a charpoy in order to be photographed. "...Mankuar, where the Gosain of Deoriya has a garden. In this garden was found a very perfect figure of a seated Buddha, with a headdress like that now worn by the abbots in Bhutan...The figure is naked to the waist, and clad below in a dhoti which reaches to the ankles. The eyes are half-closed, as if in meditation..." A. Cunningham, Report of tours in Bundelkhand and Malwa in 1874-75 and 1876-77 (A.S.I. vol. X, Calcutta, 1880), pp.6-7