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Tinnevelly [Tirunelveli] Pagoda. The entrance gateway.

Tinnevelly [Tirunelveli] Pagoda. The entrance gateway.

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/3(13)

Item number: 212313

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. General view of temple gopuram. 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, explains: 'This view shows the Pyramidal Tower over [the] gateway at the principal entrance to the temple...It has been too...frequently whitewashed...but from its style, is probably as early as the 14th century. There is also another entrance on the same side... and in an outer portico, on each side of both...are three rows of figures carved in wood, beautifully executed...Entering the temple immediately in front is the sanctum...under a canopy, is an enormous bull, with his head as usual towards the sanctum...Immediately in front of the sanctuary, but with their backs towards it, stand four colossal figures...'

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