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Madura. Pillar in Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. Figure praying

Madura. Pillar in Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. Figure praying

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(35)

Item number: 212135

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in Madurai is famous for its sculpted columns, and the Pudhu Mandapam (hall) built by Tirumala Nayaka (reigned 1623-59) has many fine examples. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India', edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this column, which, 'is another Pillar in the passage or aisle, at the west-end of this portico. It represents...Vishnu the four armed in an attitude of devotion'.

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