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The rock-cut monolithic temple of Vattuvan Kovil at Kalugumalai.

The rock-cut monolithic temple of Vattuvan Kovil at Kalugumalai.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 27/(53)

Item number: 2753

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Vattuvan Kovil at Kalugumalai, from theAlbum of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s. This free-standing rock-cut temple with a richly-carved dome, although unfinished, is an outstanding example of South Indian architecture from the Pandyan era. It is reminiscent of the rathas at Mahabalipuram and has been therefore dated to about the seventh century. The Pandyas were an early South Indian dynasty who were known to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

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