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Archaeologists Unearth India's Biggest Stucco Figurine

Published on May 04, 2019
Indian archaeologists recently unearthed a life-sized stucco sculpture from a Buddhist site at Phanigiri in Suryapet, Telangana.
Archaeologists Unearth India's Biggest Stucco Figurine


  • The sculpture is about 1.73 metres in height and 35 cm in width.
  • It is considered to have been built at the peak of Ikshavaku dynasty.
  • The preliminary excavation at Phanigiri was started by archaeological department official Khaja Muhammad Ahmad in 1941.
  • The present excavations are being conducted by assistant professor Srikanth Ganveer as co-excavation director and Pagadam Nagaraju as excavation director.

One must know:

  • As per heritage department officials, it represents one of Bhodhisattva in Jathaka Chakra.
  • Also, this is the largest stucco sculpture found from India till date.

About the Archaeological Survey of India:

  • Alexander Cunningham was the founder of the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Archaeological Survey of India was founded in 1861.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Its parent organisation is Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


Q. Where is the Buddhist site from which Indian archaeologists recently unearthed a life-sized stucco sculpture?
a. Pokhran, Rajasthan
b. Phanigiri, Telangana
c. Gaya, Bihar
d. Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh
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