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Group of sculptured pilaster figures representing amorous scenes, from the Surya Temple or Black Pagoda, Konarka 1003361

Group of sculptured pilaster figures representing amorous scenes, from the Surya Temple or Black Pagoda, Konarka 1003361

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(361)

Item number: 1003361

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by William Henry Cornish in the 1890s for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Surya Temple at Konarak was constructed by King Narasimha of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in 1240 circa. Of this colossal temple only the square mandapa or jagamohana has survived almost intact with an imposing pyramidal roof rising in three tiers. It is conceived as a colossal processional chariot of the Sun with 12 pairs of carved wheels, drawn by 7 rearing horses. The temple is profusely adorned with sculptures of beautiful maidens, celestial nymphs, amorous couples, dancers and musicians. This is a group of pilaster pieces, photographed against a wall.

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