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Close view of the entrance doorway of the Nageshvara Temple, Nagapur

Close view of the entrance doorway of the Nageshvara Temple, Nagapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2167)

Item number: 10032167

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the carved entrance doorway of the Nageshvara Temple at Nagapur, taken by Henry Cousens in the1880s-90s. Nagapur is located in modern day Maharashtra. The temple in this photograph was constructed under the Yadavas, a group who ruled the area from their capital at Devagiri from 1191. It is described in the Bombay list, p. 52 as an: ''...Old Hemadpanti temple of no special interest.'' Numerous temples in the Hemadpanti style were built in Central India under the Yadava dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. They are characterised by a certain heaviness of form and by a temple exterior that has no ornate sculpture. This plainness was more than an economic consideration; with an increasing threat of damage from incursions from the north, un-embellished exteriors might deter vandals.

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