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Miscellaneous terracottas and sculptured bricks from Mahasthan and Paharpur, etc., now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta.

Miscellaneous terracottas and sculptured bricks from Mahasthan and Paharpur, etc., now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(432)

Item number: 1003432

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of terracottas from Mahasthan and Paharpur was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1879-80 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. The accompanying report states, "From the Man-kali-ka-kundi I obtained a considerable number of carved bricks, such as are always found in the ruins of temples, and which still exist in situ in the fine brick temple of Bhitargaon...They are all of coarse workmanship and of soft red brick. There is. however, much variety in the designs..." Alexander Cunningham, Report of a tour in Bihar and Bengal in 1879-80 (A.S.A. vol. XV, Calcutta, 1882) pp. 108-109 Beglar collected numerous objects on his tours to furnish the new museums the British built in the nineteenth century. The objects in this photograph are made from fired clay and were housed in the Indian museum in Calcutta.

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