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The Tamukkan of Tamkam [Madurai]

The Tamukkan of Tamkam [Madurai]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/1(5)

Item number: 95315

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a royal building, Madurai in Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. ''This is a building situated N.E. of the town of Madura. It now forms the residence of the Judge of the station. It is supposed to have been built at the same time as the palace (circa A.D. 1630) for the purpose of witnessing fights between human beings and wild animals or...for a cock-pit. The style of the architecture of the principal room, a circular apartment, with a vaulted roof, surrounded by a raised gallery, exactly resembles that of parts of the Palace...The distinctive features of the building have now been to a great extent lost, owing to the adaptation of the building to an European residence...''

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