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Garden gateway, Khujraho

Garden gateway, Khujraho

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(112)

Item number: 502112

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a garden gateway at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, from the 'Bellew Collection: Architectural views in India', taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s. Khajuraho in the Chatarpur district was an important centre of the Chandella dynasty of Central India between the 9th and 12th centuries. They were great builders and adorned the site with many Hindu and Jain temples. These temples reveal the evolution of complex architectural schemes of medieval India and are covered with sculptures, some of which are explicitly erotic, which are among the masterpieces of Indian art. This view shows an elaborately carved doorway. The lintel has a figure of the half-male, half-female deity Ardhanarishvara in the centre and Brahma and Vishnu on the sides, surrounded by numerous little figures of dancers and musicians. The jambs are adorned with loving couples set in pilaster niches and graceful female figures are positioned at the base of the door jambs.

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