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Seringham Pagoda near Trichinopoly. Pyramidal gateway at south entrance to Second Court

Seringham Pagoda near Trichinopoly. Pyramidal gateway at south entrance to Second Court

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(4)

Item number: 21214

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon with a general view of an ornately-carved gopuram of the Ranganatha temple at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India', edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description: 'On descending the stairs and passing through the outer enclosure the Gateway forming the entrance to the second Court is reached. It is about 60 feet high, and has, as usual, a stone base and brick pyramidal top. The base is in this instance perfectly plain, except two figures, one on each side of the entrance, which represent the Watchmen or Guardians of the Gods, so often seen at entrances to Hindu temples; on the brick pyramid above this, are represented the Avatars of Vishnu, most of which will be easily recognised by persons familiar with Hindu Mythology. The thatch on the right and left is on the roofs and sunshades of the shops kept by the poorer Brahmins.'

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