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Miscellaneous sculptures from Mathura 1003845

Miscellaneous sculptures from Mathura 1003845

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(845)

Item number: 1003845

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of miscellaneous pieces of sculptures, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1880s-90s. Mathura has extensive archaeological remains as it was an important city from the middle of the first millennium onwards. It rose to particular prominence under the Kushans as the town was their southern capital and the majority of sculptures shown in this photograph date to this period. The sculptures represent a Naga queen, a standing Buddha, a railing pillar carved with a female figure and a fragment of a nirvana scene. The figure of the enlightened Buddha in red sandstone stands on an inscribed pedestal and belongs to the 5th century A.D. The pieces are all now in the Lucknow Museum.

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