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Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. Carvings on base of ruined south tower

Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. Carvings on base of ruined south tower

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/7(30)

Item number: 212730

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculptural detail at the base of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara temple at Tadpatri, Andhra Pradesh from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. The Ramalingeshvara temple is situated on the right bank of the River Penner. It was built in the early 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. The temple is surrounded by an enclosure wall entered through large gateways or gopuras on the south, west and north sides. Although unfinished these gopuras are covered with elaborate carvings consisting of architectural elements, such as niches covered by miniature temple towers and pilasters standing in pots. There are also sculptures representing figures of divinities, donors, maidens and rearing animals with riders as well as friezes, scrollwork, miniature animals and birds. The complex consists of two temples opening on a common hall. Of this photograph, Lyon wrote, 'This view...represents the Fa├žade of the southern gateway, on the side towards the town, the portion shown in this Photograph being on the other side of the doorway. This is 40 feet in height, the gateposts being each of a single stone. The stone used in this, as in every part of the temple, is of a dark green colour, of the hardest description...'

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