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Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. Another portion of base of northern tower in detail

Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. Another portion of base of northern tower in detail

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/7(33)

Item number: 212733

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculptural detail at the base of the 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. Lyon explained that this photograph: '...is a view of the inner Fa├žade, facing the temple of the opposite half of the base of the northern Gopura. The stone...is of a dark green colour...In the centre here, on the upper part, we have the same incarnation of Shiva, naked....The other scuptures will all be easily recognised as Shaivite in character.'

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