Richly-carved, perforated stone window, Narsapur 10032619
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a richly carved window, Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh taken by Henry Cousens c. 1890. Henry Cousens was a civil engineer who began working for the Archaeological Survey of India in 1875. By 1895 he was working as the Superintendent of the Western Circle and was responsible for the photographing and documenting of a vast number of sites for the survey. Throughout his career and especially in the early 1890s, Cousens organised and participated in extensive tours of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, the latter of which he visited particularly frequently. These tours led to the publication of a number of books for example, 'The Architectural Antiquities of Northern Gujarat, More Especially of the Districts Included in the Baroda State' and 'The Revised List of the Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency'. He retired in 1910 after almost thirty-five years service in India. This is a view of a perforated stone window in a Someshvara temple at Narsapur. The temple has two perforated windows on either side of the entrance hall. Each window is divided into horizontal bands of bas-reliefs separated by long narrow opening which allow the light into the interior of the temple. Small medallions contain little figures of men and animals. The scenes represented in the reliefs are from the epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.