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Entrance, with rock-cut sculptures, to the Trimurti Cave Temple, Mamallapuram

Entrance, with rock-cut sculptures, to the Trimurti Cave Temple, Mamallapuram

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2209)

Item number: 10032209

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Trimurti Cave Temple at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Alexander Rea in the 1880s. Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Madras, was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty during the 7th - 8th centuries. The site is famous for an early group of monolithic temples, known as the 'Pancha Ratha' and some monolithic sculptures assigned to the 7th century reign of Narasimhavarman Mahamalla (r. c.630-668). This view shows the Trimurti Cave Temple which dates from the early eighth century. It has three shrines excavated in a row along the rock-face. Each shrine is flanked by pilasters framing guardian figures. Inside, on the rear wall of the shrines are figures of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva attended by devotees.

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