[Looking] N.E. to gate towers of Seringham temple, Trichinopoly, India, where idols' jewels are worth millions
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of the Island of Srirangam on the Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This is a general view looking towards the gopuras of the two main temple complexes; the Ranganatha Temple, built between the 13th and 17th centuries, and the Jambukeshvara Temple, which is mostly 17th century. The gopuras are huge gateways decorated with brightly coloured plaster figures and designs. This is one of a series of 100 photographs designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series was sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was touring around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century.