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Sculpture fragments from Mathura 1003840

Sculpture fragments from Mathura 1003840

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(840)

Item number: 1003840

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of sculptures of female figures stored at the museum at Mathura taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1880. Cunningham, reported, ''The sculptures exhumed have been collected together in a small local museum,which, though convenient for comparison, is useless for information, as no record has been kept of the spots where the different objects were found...The actual find-spots are now unknown...The largest of these sculptures is unfortunately broken, but enough remains to show that it represents a royal Nagni or Queen of the Nagas, attended by five Nagnis. The figures are nearly life-size, and the sculpture must have occupied some prominent position where it could have been seen on all sides, as the back of it is completely carved with the trunk and branches of a great tree...''

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