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Interior view of the ceiling of the mandapa of the Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi

Interior view of the ceiling of the mandapa of the Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1951)

Item number: 10031951

Length: 18.8

Width: 23.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ceiling of the hall of the Mahadeva Temple at Ittagi, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Mahadeva Temple dates from 1112 and consists of a sanctuary, an inner closed hall and an outer open hall all of which are very delicately ornamented. The tower over the sanctuary rises three storeys and the centre of each storey is decorated with little cusped niches. The outer walls are divided into pilastered projections and in the middle of each side of the sanctuary and mandapa or hall there are niches covered by miniature temple towers. The temple's exterior is decorated with foliation and monster masks forming a repetitive design on both the tower and the outside of the sanctuary. This view shows the corbelled dome of the richly-sculptured ceiling, at the apex of which is carved a dancing figure of Shiva within a square panel.

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