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Pillars with lion capitals found at Garhwa, Allahabad District.

Pillars with lion capitals found at Garhwa, Allahabad District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(668)

Item number: 1003668

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). Alexander Cunningham, the Director-General of the Survey described the site as follows, "The round pillars are similar to those in the Gupta buildings at Eran and Udayagiri, but they are perhaps even more richly carved. They have the regular Gupta abacus with two lions on each face seated back to back, one head at each corner, after the fashion of the Assyrian sculptures doing duty for two lions; but instead of the tree between them, there is a human figure seated. Below is a stunted bell capital with four flowered turn-overs at the corners. The shaft is highly decorated with octagonal and square bands of conventional foliage, and the half lotus in the middle, which is one of the commonest forms of Gupta ornamentation." A. Cunningham, Report of tours in Bundelkhand and Malwa in 1874-75 and 1876-77 (A.S.I. vol. X, Calcutta, 1880), p. 13

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