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Sculptured slabs from Dulmi, Manbhum District

Sculptured slabs from Dulmi, Manbhum District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(146)

Item number: 1003146

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptured slabs from Dumli, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. Dulmi is situated in the modern state of West Bengal. The town is home to a number of ancient remains including a Shiva temple, a fort and a large number of mounds containing masonry and brick remains. These are what remain of both ancient houses and of a large number of temples that once stood in the area. The temples were built by a number of different faiths including Vaishnavaites, Shivaites, Buddhists and Jains. Large quantities of sculpture like have been recovered from the mounds. The sculptures in Bloch's list are identified as: ''Kurma- and Matsya-avatara, and two Buddhistic statues.'' The first sculpture in the left in the photograph represents Vishnu standing on the tortoise, Kurma, while in the third sculpture from the left he stands on the fish, Matsya. The sculptures represent two of the avataras, or incarnations of the god Vishnu.

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