Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Close-up of carved horses and other figures in the Sheshagirirayar Mandapa at the Ranganatha temple of Srirangam. 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 passing under the Gateway.....the visitor finds himself opposite the sanctum, which, however, he cannot enter, and so must turn to the right, and following the wall of the Court round its South-eastern angle, he will find a handsome portico at its southern end. Passing through it, there are, at its northern face, the pillars shown in the Photograph, each handsomely carved. Although so elaborate and difficult of execution, the design is a very favourite one with the architects of southern India in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and will be found frequently repeated with more or less perfection according to age...'