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Female statue from the Siddheshvara Temple, Haveri.

Female statue from the Siddheshvara Temple, Haveri.

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1946)

Item number: 10031946

Length: 26.2

Width: 19.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a statue from the Siddheshvara Temple at Haveri, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Haveri is situated in the Haveri district of the modern state of Karnataka. At Haveri there are the remains of the monastery of Raghavendra Svami, the old temple of Kalappa and the Siddheshvara temple. This Chalukya temple faces west and is very similar in both plan and decoration to the Mukteshvara Temple in Chaudanpur. The images of the various gods that used to adorn the exterior are badly damaged. In the temple, there are four inscriptions on the pillars three of which are long, around fifty lines and one of which is only eighteen lines. This photograph shows a half-length statue of a full-breasted female figure wearing an elaborate head dress and jewellery. The background surrounding the figure has been blocked out on the negative, and it is not possible to determine whether this piece was photographed while still attached to the temple or not.

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