Gwalior. Urwai

Gwalior. Urwai

1890

Photoglob Co.

(Zurich, active c. 1890-1910)

Photochrom

Image: 20.6 x 26.6 cm (8 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.6 x 26.6 cm (8 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.218

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Fun Fact

The Mughal emperor Babur, who was Muslim, considered these sculptures of Jain spiritual teachers to be “idols” and had them defaced.

Description

These sculptures depict tirthankaras, saviors or spiritual teachers in the Jain religion, one of the oldest religions in the world. They were carved into the steep sides of the cliffs below Gwalior’s fort between the 7th and 15th centuries. The tiny visitors depicted on the road emphasize their monumental scale.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Medium: 
Photochrom

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