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Miscellaneous sculptures from Mathura 1003848

Miscellaneous sculptures from Mathura 1003848

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(848)

Item number: 1003848

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of sculptures from Mathura, taken by Edmund William Smith in the 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 railing pillar in the right in the photograph is carved with a figure of a beautiful and well proportioned lady wearing jewellery and standing on a dwarf. An amorous couple is seen on the upper part of the railing. The pillar is made of red sandstone and is dated from the 2nd century A.D. The other sculptures are either decorative architectural pieces or the heads of Brahmanical and Buddhist deities. The sculptures are now in the Lucknow museum.

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