A temple column carved with a river goddess figure. ‘C. Ignatius. Sculpture at Taarpuly copied from a sketch by Coll Agnew 1801.’
Artist: Ignatius, C.
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing by C. Ignatius dated 1801, of a temple column carved with a river goddess figure, 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, from the MacKenzie Collection.
This drawing depicts the figure of a river goddess standing on her vehicle, the makara, an aquatic monster. The shaft is decorated with intricately carved scrolls. This kind of sculptural decoration is often used on the doorframe of the gopura, the entrance tower to a temple in South India and is found in numerous temples in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.