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General view of temples at Bhuvaneswar (Orissa). July 1820

General view of temples at Bhuvaneswar (Orissa). July 1820

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: WD679

Item number: 679

Length: 25.2

Width: 37

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the temples at Bhuvaneswar (Bhubaneswar) in Orissa, by an anonymous artist working in the British school, c. 1820. Inscribed on back in ink: 'View of Temples at Bhavaneswara, July 1820.'

It is said that at one point there were over 7000 temples at Bhubaneshwar, built between the 8th and the 13th centuries in the extravagant Orissan style of architecture. Few remain, however the area is still sacred to Hindus. This view depicts an assortment of temples, all consisting of a sanctuary towered by a tall curvilinear superstructure. The complex of the Lingaraja Temple, built in the late 11th century during the Somavamshi period, is the largest and most important of the temples at of Bhubaneshwar.

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