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Brahma temple, Khujraho

Brahma temple, Khujraho

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(97)

Item number: 50297

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Brahma Temple at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1871-72, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views of India. The small town of Khajuraho in the Chatarpur district is the site of dozens of Shiva, Vishnu and Jaina temples, which were built between the 9th and 12th centuries under the aegis of the Chandella dynasty which ruled in central India. Of about 85 temples said to have been erected at this site only about twenty-five have survived. The compact temples, none of which are very large, stand on high plinths (jagatis) lifting them from their environs, instead of the usual enclosure walls. The sensuous sculptures that decorate them, some of which are explicitly erotic, are among the masterpieces of Indian art. The early 10th century Brahma temple stands in a group of three which marks the transition in building material from granite to sandstone. It consists of a simple square sanctuary covered by a pyramidal roof made of many horizontal mouldings, topped by an amalaka with a pot finial.

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