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Silver and gold-plated vahana in the form of a horse in the Kumbheshvara Temple, Kumbakonam

Silver and gold-plated vahana in the form of a horse in the Kumbheshvara Temple, Kumbakonam

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2399)

Item number: 10032399

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a silver and gold-plated vahana (coneyance), in the form of a horse, in the Kumbheshvara Temple at Kumbakonam, taken by Alexander Rea around 189., from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Kumbeshvara Temple, built in the 17th century during the Nayaka period, is the largest Shaiva temple in Kumbakonam. The temple has a variety of silver conveyances (vahanas) used to transport the images of the deities during the festivals. This photo shows a silver vahana in the shape of a horse.

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