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The great Stone Bull, Tanjore.

The great Stone Bull, Tanjore.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(8)

Item number: 118

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Stone Bull in the Brihadishvara Temple at Tanjore, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola king Rajaraja around 1010, is a monumental temple standing in the middle of a large courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. To the east of the temple there is a 16th century pavilion with a huge monolithic sculpture of Nandi, the white bull sacred to Shiva to whom the temple is dedicated. The Nandi is 12 feet in height, 19 feet in length and 8 feet in breadth, weighs 25 tons and is made of one stone. The shafts of the columns of the pavilion are carved with figures of devotees.

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