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Pillar from temple of Surya at Mudhera

Pillar from temple of Surya at Mudhera

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1886

Shelfmark: WD 2224

Item number: f.51

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of a pillar from the Surya Temple at Modhera from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Architecture of Northern Gujarat.' This temple, which represents the grandest achievement of the Solanki period in Gujarat, was built in 1027 and although in ruinous condition it still reflects its former splendour. The temple consists of the sanctuary, two mandapas or columned hallways, and a gateway. The sanctuary has a closed adjoining hall (gudha mandapa) and an open pillared portico (sabha mandapa) all are aligned to the east and built on a stepped plan. The lower portion of both structures is elaborately carved with friezes of elephants, horses and the upper wall portions have panels with many images of the divinities. Inscribed: Govt. Archaeol. Survey of Western India. No. 740

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