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Monolithic sculptured pillar, Deo Baranark

Monolithic sculptured pillar, Deo Baranark

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(460)

Item number: 1003460

Genre: Photograph

The pillar is photographed still standing in the whole from which the bottom quarter was excavated. It is reproduced as a lithograph in Alexander Cunningham, Report of tours in North and South Bihar in 1880-81 (A.S.I. vol. XVI, Calcutta, 1883), pl. xxiv and described pp. 65-67 as "a very curious monolith". The description continues: "...its sculptures point to a period when the older gods Indra, Kuvera, Varuna, and Yama were still objects of worship. The pillar with its capital is only 8 feet 9 inches in height and 15 inches square at the base. Like most columns of the Gupta period, the lower half is square in section, above which it becomes octagonal and circular, with a square top, and a broad square cap or abacus for the support of some figure which has been lost. The lower half of the square shaft is ornamented with four niches, each containing a statuette...These figures I believe to be Siva, Parvati, Bhairava, and Ganesa."

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