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Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. The west front

Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. The west front

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(37)

Item number: 212137

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 picture: 'This view shows the west-front of Trimul Nayak's Portico. Exactly opposite to it, across the road, is the Great Pagoda. It is much to be regretted that the pillars forming this beautiful facade are so thickly covered with whitewash that the carvings are nearly obliterated, though no doubt they are protected by it, if we ever could hope to see the day when it might be removed.'

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