‘Figure of Cali at Mahabalipooram. Copied by Paralla.’
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen and ink drawing of a figure of Durga from the Trimurti Cave at Mamallapuram by an anonymous artist, part of the MacKenzie Collection and from an Album of 37 drawings and plans of the temples and sculptures at Mamallapuram, c. 1816.
Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai (Madras), was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty from the 5th - 8th centuries. The site is famous for a group of temples, a series of rock-cut caves and monolithic sculptures that were most likely created in the 7th century reign of Narasimhavarman Mahamalla. The caves are all fronted with fine columns resting on seated lions, typical of the Pallava style. This drawing depicts a figure of Durga where the goddess is reperesented standing on the buffalo head of the demon Mahisha she has defeated.