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Statue of Buddha, with inscription on pedestal, Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District

Statue of Buddha, with inscription on pedestal, Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(181)

Item number: 1003181

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a statue of Buddha, with an inscription on the pedestal 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. In a report of his photographic tour of 1871-72 Alexander Cunningham wrote, "On the most northerly of the eastern mounds, which appears to have been a monastery, there are two Buddhist statues in black basalt. One of these is of Buddha himself as an ascetic, sitting under the Bodhi tree with an inscription on the base."

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