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Photograph - Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
  • Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
    Beglar, Joseph, born 1845 - died 1907
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Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, Bihar

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    India (photographed)

  • Date:

    1883 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beglar, Joseph, born 1845 - died 1907 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    IS.31-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Situated at the site of the great bodhi tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment, this temple is the most important pilgrimage site in India. Although parts of it date to the 1st century BC, there have been many phases of restoration. Today's structure dates to between 600-700 AD, and it the earliest surviving Buddhist brick temple in India. It is remarkable for its imposing scale. The tower or sikhara, rising to 55 metres, is not seen in any earlier structures. It heavily influenced later Indian temple architecture.

Joseph Beglar was part of the archaeological survey team who conducted the restoration work during the 1880s when this photograph was taken.

Physical description

This photograph shows the tower or sikhara of the temple covered in scaffolding with restoration work in progress.

Place of Origin

India (photographed)

Date

1883 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Beglar, Joseph, born 1845 - died 1907 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

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Photograph of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India by Joseph Beglar, albumen print, 1883

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Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya
Bihar, 600–700
By Joseph Beglar (1845–1907)

Situated at the site of the great bodhi tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment, this temple is the most important pilgrimage site in India. Although parts of it date to the 1st century BC, there have been many phases of restoration. Beglar was part of the archaeological survey team who conducted the restoration work during the 1880s when this photograph was taken. [63 words]

Albumen print, 1883
Museum no. IS.31-2008 []

Subjects depicted

Buddhism

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; Buddhism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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