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General view of small ruined shrine, Motap, Gujarat

General view of small ruined shrine, Motap, Gujarat

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1896)

Item number: 1896

Length: 26.2

Width: 24.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a small ruined shrine at Motap, Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. In the 'Archaeological Survey of Western India, vol. IX', 1903, p.111: Burgess and Cousens wrote, "Motab is a village about three miles south of Dhinoj, and not far up the river from Kanoda. On the east side of the village tank is a neat little shrine, of which the mandapa has quite disappearead, and a great part of the outer facing of the back wall has fallen...The temple faces east. On the plinth or kumbha of the wall are many more pairs than are usual of highly erotic figures. The elephants on the basement are somewhat larger than is common on small temples...In the shrine is a high altar or asana against the back wall on which is placed a large-headed bust with long pendant ears..."

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