Lion capital of fallen pillar at Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to Chandragupta Cave, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Udaygiri in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh there are about twenty rock cut caves dating to the Gupta period. Most are just niches however some form columned temples. The caves are carved into an outcrop of sandstone and are some of the best examples of early Hindu monumental art in India. This photograph shows a broken fluted capital that was found in the vicinity of the caves. The round abacus is decorated with a frieze depicting a procession of horses and supports a seated lion.