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The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, with a palanquin and resting bearers by the shore

The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, with a palanquin and resting bearers by the shore

Artist: Chinnery, George (1774-1852)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: WD4460

Item number: 4460

Length: 19.5

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, by George Chinnery (1774-1852), c. 1802-05.

Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai, 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 some monolithic sculptures created in the 7th century. This view shows the Shore Temple, built in the late 7th century by Rajasimha and is orientated east, towards the ocean. The temple consists of two spires; one contains a shrine for Vishnu and one for Shiva. In this drawing, the Shore Temple is in the background with a palanquin and resting bearers by the shore. The work is in an early Chinnery style, and must have been done soon after his arrival in Madras.

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