Rock-cut Temple known as the Tiger Cave at Saluvankuppam, north of Mamallapuram
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Tiger Cave, north of Mamallapuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Alexander Rea in the 1880s, (Printed from a broken glass negative). This is a a massive boulder in which a portico has been excavated, with the surrounding rock-face carved into the form of a ring of yali (''tiger'') heads. To the left are carved two elephants, with niches above.