Life-size female statue from Kichang, Singhbhum District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a life-size female statue from Kichang, Singhbhum District in Bihar, taken around 1874-76 by Joseph David Beglar. Beglar wrote in the Archaeological Survey of India Report for those years (Vol XIII), "Kichang is a large village near the junction of the Kairabandhana and Kantakara Rivers; the ruins are situated all round it, but chiefly at the eastern end, just outside the village; the remains on the west and south are mere heaps of cut stone and brick...the great group near the village is the one of the greatest interest and antiquity...Close to the group are several other little mounds and statues; some of these have a certain resemblance to Buddhist sculpture, but nevertheless are Brahmanical...Most of the sculpture is broken ; some are large life-size, others small, but the execution is excellent, and superior to a great deal of what I have seen elsewhere."