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Carved pillar of the choultry in front of the temple of Avutaiyar Kovil, near Tanjore

Carved pillar of the choultry in front of the temple of Avutaiyar Kovil, near Tanjore

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: Add.Or.763

Item number: 763

Length: 457

Width: 278

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing of a carved pillar in the temple of Avudaiyarkoil in Tamil Nadu, by an anonymous artist working in the South India/Madurai style, c. 1803. Inscribed: '90: A Pillar in the Choultry adjoining to the Pagoda of Auvedayar Covil, the Statue upon it represents an emage of Wanagamoody Pundaurom who was the founder of it & a Poligar subject to Tanjore kingdom. Mysore Coll. of Drawings.'

Avudaiyarkoil is situated approximately 40 km from Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu. The area is believed to date to the pre-historic period, but in its present form it mostly dates to the 17th century. The Athmanathaswami temple in Avudaiyarkoil is dedicated to the worship of Shiva as Atmanatha and has many life-size sculptures and elaborate wood carvings. The temple consists of an inner court with a mandapa (columned hall) that has elaborately carved pillars. The pyramidal tower over the entrance to the sanctuary, the carved pillars and the roof of the porch are all made of granite. This drawing depicts one of the elaborate pillars with shafts that are carved with sculptures executed almost in the round.

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