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Perur Temple, near Coimbatore. Two carved pillars at entrance

Perur Temple, near Coimbatore. Two carved pillars at entrance

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/5(4)

Item number: 21254

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 44 albumen prints, showing two carved pillars at the entrance of the Shiva temple at Perur near Coimbatore, taken by Edmund David Lyon around 1868. In his Notes Lyon wrote that this photograph 'shows a view of the two Pillars immediately on the top of the steps leading to the temple... A man loading a musket will be observed, as the principal figure on the right-hand pillar, and his accoutrements, and the form of his firelock, and his dress, all prove him to be just such a Sepoy as fought against us, in our wars with the French in this country. As he is an integral part of the sculpture, it is quite clear that the temple cannot be earlier than the beginning of the last century'.

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