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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Somnath, Idol of
"a mere mass of coarse crockery," says Jepherson Brick, an imaginary friend of Carlyle's, "not worth five shillings, sat like a great staring god, with two diamonds for eyes, which one day a commander of the Faithful took the liberty to smite once as he rode up with grim battle-axe and heart full of Moslem fire, and which thereupon shivered into a heap of ugly potsherds, yielding from its belly half a waggon-load of gold coins; the gold coins, diamond eyes, and other valuables were carefully picked up by the Faithful; confused jingle of potsherds was left lying; and the idol of Somnath, once showing what it was , had suddenly come to a conclusion."
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Somnath, Idol of'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/somnath-idol-of.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.