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The great tank and embankment at Cumbum on the Gundlakamma River. March 1794

The great tank and embankment at Cumbum on the Gundlakamma River. March 1794

Artist: unknown

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: WD600

Item number: 600

Length: 318

Width: 440

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the tank at Cumbum on the Gundlakamma River by an unknown artist in March 1794. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'View of the Great Tank of Cummun & of the Celebrated Embankment across the Gunlacummum River, March 1794.'
The tank at Cumbum in Andhra Pradesh was formed by damming a gorge through which the Gundlakamma River flows. The traditional belief is that the tank was built by the sage Jamadagni; it is also said to have been constructed or considerably improved by the Gajapatis of Kalinga in the 15th century and to have been restored later by the Vijayanagar princess Varadarajamma. The dam is 57 feet high; it has a drainage area of 430 square miles and a capacity of 3,696 million feet.

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