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Large sculpture of Ganesha and other fragments, Dulmi, Manbhum District

Large sculpture of Ganesha and other fragments, Dulmi, Manbhum District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(147)

Item number: 1003147

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sculpture of Ganesha and other fragments from Dulmi, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. Dulmi is situated in the modern state of West Bengal. The town is home to a number of ancient remains including a Shiva temple, a fort and a large number of mounds containing masonry and brick remains. These are what remain of both ancient houses and of a large number of temples that once stood in the area. The temples were built by a number of different faiths including Vaishnavaites, Shivaites, Buddhists and Jains. In his descriptive notes of that area of 1865, Thomas Fraser Peppé wrote, "Crossing to the left bank of the river the first thing that strikes you, is a colossal figure of Ganesh amidst a confused heap of cut stones. The poor fellow has tumbled off his pedestal and lost his legs in the fall. If he had had fair proportions, he would have stood 12 feet high, as his body measures six feet."

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