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Unfinished Cave Temple, Mamallapuram

Unfinished Cave Temple, Mamallapuram

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2216)

Item number: 10032216

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an unidentified cave temple at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Alexander Rea in the 1880s. Mamallapuram derives its name from the title 'Mahamalla' or Great Wrestler of the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I (r.630-668 AD). The site is famous for an early group of monolithic temples, known as the 'Pancha Ratha' and some monolithic sculptures. This photo shows the entrance of an unidentified cave temple, which consists of three openings between two rough arches. The surrounding rock-face has been crudely cross-hatched to form incised squares.

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