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Streevelliputtur [Srivilliputtur]. Carvings on stone base of tower

Streevelliputtur [Srivilliputtur]. Carvings on stone base of tower

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/3(2)

Item number: 21232

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Close-up view of base of the famous temple gopuram or entrance tower, one of the tallest in southern India, belonging to the Vatapatrasayi temple of Srivilliputtur, a little temple town of Tamil Nadu. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description, '...the base of the...Tower...is of granite, and about 30 feet high, and richly carved. From the character of its details it may be assumed to be at least a century older than Trimul Nayak's [Tirumala Nayaka's] buildings, at Madura, and probably was erected in the first half of the sixteenth century. The temple itself is dedicated to Vishnu, and no strangers are allowed to enter it'.

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