Posted on: 6 January 2014

Digital Rare Book:
Papers relating to the aboriginal tribes of the Central Provinces
By Rev. Stephen Hislop
Published in Nagpore - 1866

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Figure (model of a Gond man) made of clay and painted dark brown and on small square stand; wearing white loincloth and head band, with folded white cloth over figure's left shoulder. Figure carries long stick in left hand. Fire-lighting equipment (?) inserted in top of loincloth (to figure's right).

19th century
Chhindwara District

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Hislop College - great institution to this day ( )

As mentioned in the preface of the book above ( compiled posthumously by Sir Richard Temple - see below) the Reverend Stephen Hislop met an untimely and tragic end : " While returning to Bori from the study of some archaeological remains at Takalghat on 4 September 1863, in falling darkness Hislop's horse plunged into a swollen backwater and he was unseated and drowned." (O.D.N.B.)

Takalghat - thats between Nagpur & Wardha - not far from where William Lambton of the Great Arc/Survey of India, died too.

…peculiar coincidence!!

Re: " peculiar coincidence " : Indeed - although Lambton, at least, lived to a dignified old age. The Reverend Hislop was not so fortunate - being in his mid 40s at the time of his accident ...

These archaelogical ruins at Takalghat were the remains of a buddhist vihara. Nagpur, is likely named thus (akin to Nagarjunkonda , in Andhra of today) on the buddhist settlements of the area influenced by Nagarjuna, founder of the mahayana school. Nagpur's museum preserves this archaeological history. You can see that "snake head + bodhi leaf" iconography in stone carvings at both museums - Nagarjunkonda & Nagpur.

Like this one at nagarjunkonda museum periphery ..