Two sculptured slabs from Pakbirra, Manbhum District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of sculptured slabs from Pakbirra, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. Pakbirra is home to a number of different temples built by worshippers belonging to the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu faiths. Many of these are now in a poor state of preservation, often now comprising of little more than a mound of rubble. The sculptures shown in this picture are described by Beglar in his 'Report of a tour through the Bengal Provinces...in 1872-73' (A.S.I. vol. VIII, Calcutta, 1878), p. 193: ''Close to it [a colossal statue], I excavated a mound of ruins; the yield consisted of five Buddhist sculptures of a late age; the most remarkable of these is a male and female figure seated under a tree, which may be meant for a date palm [sculpture on right]; it has been photographed''.