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Sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District.

Sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(180)

Item number: 1003180

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District, taken by Joseph David Beglar around 1871-72. Rajaona is a modern village in Bihar surrounded by the remains of ancient occupation in the form of mounds. The view shows two pillars, A (side view of face 4), and B (face 3). The pillars are now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. In a report of his photographic tour of 1871-72 Alexander Cunningham wrote, "A 4 has a god and a goddess seated with one female attendant... B 3 has a lion's head and forepaws to the front, with a tree beneath. To the left are two figures in a fourwheeled chariot drawn by two horses, and to the right a figure with his arms raised above his head. Below these figures there are three perpendicular lines of the undeciphered writing..."

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