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Sculptured jamb at entrance of brick temple, Rajapodor.

Sculptured jamb at entrance of brick temple, Rajapodor.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2628)

Item number: 10032628

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sculptured jamb at the entrance of the brick temple at Rajapodor taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1874-76. Although Beglar is not certain, it seems likely that Rajapodor is located in Kalahandi district of the modern state of Orissa. As part of his 'Report of tours in the South-Eastern Provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76', J.D.Beglar described this temple: "The mahamandapa was supported partly on pillars and pilasters, which last were ornamented with life-sized sculptures of either men or divinities. I cannot speak too highly of the quality of the sculpture; although executed in an extremely soft yellowish sandstone, and consequently greatly worn and injured by time and weather, still, from what little remains, there is no doubt that they were executed in the best style of Hindu art...One sculpture, the only one that yet preserves some portion of its original beauty, represents a life-sized female under a royal canopy and standing on what (though from the excessive mutilation I cannot be certain) appears to have been a tortoise. The sculpture adorned the right jamb of the entrance to the sanctum."

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