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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Capital. Pillar capital consisting of a pair of stylised adorsed lions supporting on their joint backs a rectangular abacus, the front face of which is carved with curling tendrils. In the base a deep hole for fixing the capital to a pillar by means of a dowel. Carved in a mottled red sandstone and inscribed on all surfaces save the lion faces and abacus.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 centimetres
    • Width: 52.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        All over the bodies of the lions and on the bottom of the block on which they stand.
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Konow 1929 for transcription and translation.
  • Curator's comments

    Said to have been found "embedded in the steps of an altar devoted to Sitala, on a site belonging to some low-caste Hindus at Mathura (Konow 1929, 30)"

    F W Thomas, 'Epigraphia Indica', Calcutta 1908 (reprinted 1981) pp.135-147.

  • Bibliography

    • van Lohuizen-de Leeuw 1949 bibliographic details
    • Koezuka (1994) 13 bibliographic details
    • Cribb 1999a pp. 194–7 bibliographic details
    • Buhler 1894 pp. 525-41 bibliographic details
    • Konow 1929 pp.30-49 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The sculpture, with the notes on its inscription made by the donor, Dr Indraji, were sent first to Bombay and then to England after his death (Buhler 1894, 525, see also, Konow 1929, 30)).

  • Department


  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Red sandstone pillar capital


COMPASS Title: Red sandstone pillar capital

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