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Large dolmen in the village of Motibennur.

Large dolmen in the village of Motibennur.

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1991)

Item number: 10031991

Length: 25.2

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Henry Cousens in the1880s and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). An Indian man is shown standing between the uprights as an indication of scale. The accompanying report states the following, "But the largest dolmen met with in these districts is one which stands in the village of Motebennur. It is of the same type as that near the temple of Galagnatha at Aihole. Four roughly-hewn uprights, standing about eight feet out of the ground, support a great flat horizontal slab, seventeen and a half feet long by four feet broad. There are two other uprights, whose tops have fallen away from the support of the slab." Henry Cousens, The Chalukyan architecture of the Kanarese districts (A.S.I., vol. XLII, New Imperial Series, Calcutta, 1926), pl. clii (c), p. 139

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