Statue of Buddha at Kauwa Dol Hill. 100378
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a statue of Buddha taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s which forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). A note accompanying the print describes the statues at the site, "...The most prominent one is of Buddha, 7 feet in height, and 7½ feet broad, and which is now worshipped as Bhim Sen. The face is 16 inches broad..." (Cunningham and Garrick, op. cit., p.48). Alexander Cunningham, writing after his 1880 visit, states that "...Mr Beglar saw it 8 years ago", and this was presumably when he photographed it. It is seen here with the base still below ground level. The statue was found near Kauwa Dol hill which is situated in the modern state of Bihar and rises to a height of around 500 feet. The mountain has a very steep incline which makes the peak inaccessible and it is crowned with a large stone known as the 'Kauwa Dol' or crow's wing.