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Rear view of fragment of an ancient statue of female figures, locally called Astabhuji (eight-armed), from Bihar, Partabgarh District.

Rear view of fragment of an ancient statue of female figures, locally called Astabhuji (eight-armed), from Bihar, Partabgarh District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(862)

Item number: 1003862

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a sculpture fragment was taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s and is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series. It shows a fragment of an ancient statue of female figures, locally called Astabhuji (eight-armed), from Bihar, Partabgarh District. The town of Bihar is located thirty miles south west of Pratapgarh, on the northern bank of an ancient Ganges bed. Astabhuji is a local name for the goddess known as Durga throughout India and a small brick temple dedicated to her can be found at Bihar. Cunningham claims that the sculptures within this temple date to the Indo-Scythian period and the fragment pictured here may have been found inside the temple. Bihar is also known for the ruined Buddhist establishment that is known as the Tusaran mound.

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