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'Miscellaneous Series. Plate 25. Pillars in the Portico of No.1 temple at Kadwaho

'Miscellaneous Series. Plate 25. Pillars in the Portico of No.1 temple at Kadwaho

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 32

Length: 32

Width: 45.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the pillars in the portico of the temple no.1 at Kadwaha, from an album of 60 drawings dated 1847-1854.

At Kadwaha in Madhya Pradesh there is a group of 11 Hindu temples belonging to the Kacchapaghata period, 10th-11th centuries, six being Shaiva and five Vaishnava. The temples are fine examples of the central Indian style of architecture. Temple no.1 is a Vaishnava temple which stands on an ornate platform. It consists of a sanctuary preceded by a small vestibule and a porch. The temple has lost its curvilinear superstructure. The columns of the porch have ghatapallava (pot and foliage motif) base and capital and fluted shafts and the brackets are fashioned as supporting dwarf-like figures. The outer walls are decorated with two tiers of sculptures set in the projections and the recesses; the central sculptured niches are surmounted by projecting eaves and have figures Vishnu as Varaha, Vamana and Narasimha while the upper row of figures depict smaller figures of vydyadaras, celestial beings, and amorous couples.

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