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Archeological museum at Teli-mundir Gwalior Fort

Archeological museum at Teli-mundir Gwalior Fort

Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala (1844-1905)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 2/4(79)

Item number: 2479

Length: 20

Width: 26.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Teli ka Mandir Temple with the garden sculpture around it, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.' The Teli ka Mandir is a Hindu temple built in the middle of the 8th century during the Pratihara period. It is situated in the impressive fort that rises 100 metres above the town of Gwalior. The temple presents a unique blending of Indian architectural styles. The rectangular sanctuary is covered by a masonry tower with a vaulted roof, 23 metres high. The niches on the outer walls, which no longer house the sculptures, are covered by arch-like motifs, a North Indian type of decoration. The doorway is decorated with carved figures of river goddesses, amorous couples, foliation motifs and a flying Garuda on the lintel. The temple was reconstructed in 1881-83. This view shows the temple under restoration, with scaffolding along one fa├žade, with sculptures arranged on the ground in front of the building. This archaeological museum was put in place by prison labour.

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