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Ruins of Martand, Cashmere.

Ruins of Martand, Cashmere.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(22)

Item number: 39422

Genre: Photograph

This print was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Situated on a high plateau overlooking the valley of Kashmir, this temple is dedicated to the sun deity Surya and was built by Lalitaditya (c.724-60), the powerful and renowned monarch of the Karkota dynasty. It is typical of the early Kashmir temple style, displaying a mixture of classical architecture, Hindu themes and elements charachteristic of the western Himalayas. It is masonry built with trilobed arches and the remains of carved engaged pilasters.

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