Close view of frieze of dancing figures, (?)Ramalingeshvara Temple, Tadpatri
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph shows a frieze of dancing figures, probably from the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Tadpatri in Andhra Pradesh. It was taken by the Madras School of Industrial Arts around 1868 and is from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This complex was built during the Vijayanagara period at the beginning of the 16th century. It is entered through large unfinished gopuras and consists of two temples situated in a courtyard. The gopuras are elaborately carved in the Vijayanagara style. The carvings include friezes of jewels, scrollwork, miniature animals, figures of divinities, donors, maidens, guardians, multi-lobed arches and pilasters with pot bases. The piers of the open mandapa are carved as rearing yalis, mythical animals, supporting elaborate brackets. The frieze of dancing figures in this view is carved on the outer parapet of the mandapa.