Sculptured slab from one of the temple at Deo Baranark 1003468
Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptural slab of a dancing woman from Deo Baranark, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1881-82. In the report he wrote about his photographic tour Garrick said, "The numerous remains are now left to guide us, and, after consulting various comparative epochs in Brahmanical architecture, I would assign the erection of the oldest among the Deo-Barunarak temples to about the end of the ninth, or beginning of the tenth, century A.D. This period, besides agreeing with the style of architecture employed in these buildings, is that in which the sixth king of the Chandel dynasty...reigned." There are seven temples in total at Deo Baranak dedicated to gods such as Surya, Vishnu and Shiva. These are all located on a raised platform alongside a monolith and a ritual tank. All of the temples are now in a poor state of preservation and pieces of sculpture can be found all over the site. This makes it difficult to assess where the slab shown here originally came from.