I do not mean to imply that more ancient statues do not exist ; I mean only that inscribed Brahmanical ones, fixing the age of the statue indisputably, have not yet been found of a date anterior to this. It is very remarkable that this oldest statue should... Archaeological Survey of India Reports - Page 89by Archaeological Survey of India - 1878Full view
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J. D. Beglar - Bundelkhand - 1878 - 252 pages
...interesting both for its size and beauty, and for being the oldest -known Brahmanical statue so far as I can now call to mind in this part of India, or indeed...earlier phases is only a variant form of the Phallic cultus. The primary religion of the Aryans in India, as shewn in the Vedas, was not Phallic ; they...