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Ekamukhalinga at Attur (TN)?? ‘Casee Iswar at Oatoor (Height 2 ½ Feet) May 1800

Ekamukhalinga at Attur (TN)?? ‘Casee Iswar at Oatoor (Height 2 ½ Feet) May 1800

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.23

Length: 45.7

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of an image of Ekamukhalinga from Attur, Tamil Nadu (?), dated May 1800, taken from an album of 56 sheets of drawings (60 folios) mainly of miscellaneous architecture and sculpture in the Deccan and S. India, dated 1793-1806.

This drawing depicts a carved image of Ekamukhalingam, a single faced Shivalingam. The lingam, the male organ of generation, is the uniconic symbol of the creative power of Shiva.

Colin Mackenzie (1754-1821) was the first Surveyor General of India. Originally from Scotland, he came to India in 1782 as a member of the Madras Engineers. He took part in numerous map surveys, mainly in Southern India, before he was appointed to the post of Surveyor General in 1815. During his surveys in South India he collected and recorded innumerable details concerning every aspect of South Indian history, language, life and religion, resulting in possibly as many as 2,000 drawings and over 8,000 copies of inscriptions.

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