Close view of doorway and portion of shrine of Temple No. 4, Balsane
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway and portion of the shrine of Temple No. 4 at Balsane, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. This temple is one of nine built at Balsane, northern Maharashtra, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The majority were constructed in the Yadava Deccan style of architecture, the example depicted in this photograph included. The Yadava's kingdom, at its height in the thirteenth century stretched from Gujarat in the north, to Karnataka in the south. They were prolific builders of temples, and large numbers of Yadava shrines can still be found standing in the Deccan region today. This view shows the sculptural detail on the door architrave and a column in foreground is decorated with scrollwork and figures of ganas, or dwarf attendants, supporting the brackets.