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Close view of sculptural detail on the base of the inner side of the northern gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Tadpatri

Close view of sculptural detail on the base of the inner side of the northern gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Tadpatri

Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/26(2610)

Item number: 2610

Length: 21.3

Width: 26

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the northern gopura at the Ramalingeshvara Temple complex in Tadpatri, Andhra Pradesh, taken by Madras School of Industrial Arts around 1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Ramalingeshvara temple is situated on the right bank of the River Penner. It was built in the early 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. The temple is surrounded by an enclosure wall entered through large gateways or gopuras on the south, west and north. Although unfinished these gopuras are covered with elaborate carvings consisting of architectural elements, such as niches covered by miniature temple towers and pilasters standing in pots. There are also sculptures representing figures of divinities, donors, maidens and rearing animals with riders as well as friezes, scrollwork, miniature animals and birds. This is a view of a sculptural niche on the base of the inner side of the northern gopura.

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