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Entrance porch of the Kumarapala Temple, Satrunjaya

Entrance porch of the Kumarapala Temple, Satrunjaya

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/19(2024)

Item number: 1000192024

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance porch of the Kumarapala Temple in Satrunjaya. This is a close view of the richly-carved porch area. Lyon wrote: ''Continuing to ascend a little further up the avenue, on the opposite side to the portico of Manet Jemalji...will be found the temple known as ''Kumarapala's''. A tree blocks the entrance and prevents a good photograph being obtained of the whole, but if the history of Indian architecture be written in decadence, there can be little doubt that this is the oldest temple now standing, as it is certain nothing on the whole hill can compare in beauty of detail with the two carved pillars on either side the doorway. The date of its erection is not known and it is said to have been lately restored, and it is therefore to be hoped it may be spared the application of the plaster coating with which so many of the best specimens here are now being covered up.''

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