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Pillar with lion capital at Latiya, Ghazipur District

Pillar with lion capital at Latiya, Ghazipur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(683)

Item number: 1003683

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the pillar with a lion capital at Latiya, Ghazipur District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. The top of the capital stands on the ground beside the pillar. In the Report of tours in that area of 1871-72 Alexander Cunningham wrote, "The village receives its name from a stone lat, or monolith, standing on the western end of a mound of brick ruins...The pillar is a single circular shaft of polished sandstone...On the top of the shaft there is a bell shaped capital, ...surmounted by an upper capital formed by eight lions facing outwards. The capital was once crowned by two half -length human figures back-to-back, resting on a circle of lotus leaves." The pillar is thirty feet in height.

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