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The Great Bull, an Hindoo Idol, at Tanjore

The Great Bull, an Hindoo Idol, at Tanjore

Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: P957

Item number: plate 22

Length: 54.6

Width: 74.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 22 from the second set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery'. The Brihadishvara Temple at Thanjavur is the greatest temple of the Chola period. It was patronised by Rajaraja I around AD 1000-10. The pavilion represented in the print was added in front of the temple during the Nayaka period in the 16th century. It shelters a massive monolithic granite image of Nandi, the bull vehicle of the god Shiva. The pavilion has slender columns with carvings of devotees on the shafts.

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