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Sculpture fragments from Mathura 1003841

Sculpture fragments from Mathura 1003841

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(841)

Item number: 1003841

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptures from Mathura, taken by Joseph David Beglar in c. 1880. The sculptures were excavated from the Kankali mound. A.Cunningham in his 'Report of a tour in Eastern Rajputana in 1882-83' (A.S.I. vol. XX, Calcutta, 1885) p.35 wrote, "Amongst the sculptures collected at the Mathura Museum, there is one of undoubted Jaina origin, which is believed to have been brought either from the Kankali mound, or from one of the mounds in that direction. It represents a naked Jaina figure standing on a pedestal with his left hand raised as if in the act of teaching. On each side a human-headed Naga, with a canopy of seven snakes' hoods, rises from the well with joined hands in adoration of the Jain saint. Above are five musical instruments, belonging to the heavenly Dundubhis, who remain unseen. " The long carved frieze below is pre-Kushana and is a representation of the Romaka jataka.

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