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General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Sangamesvara

General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Sangamesvara

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2134)

Item number: 10032134

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mahadeva Temple, Sangamesvara taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Sangamesvara is a town situated in Maharashtra. The Bombay list, p. 61 tells us that: ''...The temple consists of the usual shrine, a hall whose roof has disappeared, and a very prolonged porch. The exterior of the temple is perfectly devoid of figure sculpture, its place being taken by three bands of geometric ornament. These are exceedingly chaste and effective, and run round, in unbroken lines, the three sides of the exterior walls of the hall and shrine. The ceiling of the antechamber is peculiar in that the mouldings assume an oval in plan, a very unusual shape for a ceiling. In the shrine is a linga, and the temple would seem to have been originally dedicated to Shiva.'' The view in this photograph is of the rear of the temple.

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