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Sculpture panel showing a Jain stupa and torana, two dancing girls, with inscription beneath, from Mathura

Sculpture panel showing a Jain stupa and torana, two dancing girls, with inscription beneath, from Mathura

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(849)

Item number: 1003849

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sculpture panel from Mathura, taken by Edmund William Smith in the 1880s-1890s. Mathura has extensive archaeological remains as it was a large and important city from the middle of the first millennium onwards. It rose to particular prominence under the Kushans as the town was their southern capital. The Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain faiths all thrived at Mathura, and we find deities and motifs from all three represented in sculpture. In reference to this photograph in the list of photographic negatives, Bloch wrote that, "The technical name of such a panel was ayagapata [homage panel]." The tablet shows a representation of a stupa with a staircase leading up to a terrace which is surrounded by a railing similar of those of the stupas of Bharhut and Sanchi. It appears from the inscription that the tablet is Jain. The piece is now in the Lucknow Museum.

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