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Unidentified Cave Temple, Mamallapuram 10032218

Unidentified Cave Temple, Mamallapuram 10032218

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2218)

Item number: 10032218

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, a tiny village south of Madras, was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty during the 7th-8th centuries. The site is famous for an early group of monolithic temples, known as the 'Pancha Ratha' and some monolithic sculptures assigned to the 7th century reign of Narasimhavarman Mahamalla (r.c.630-668). Along a granite hill are some rock-cut caves and the celebrated sculptured rock depicting Arjuna's penance. This photo shows a small cave with three openings supported on two large pillars, square at the top and the bottom, with an octagonal section in the middle. Two Indian men stand at the entrance, one posed in the act of measuring the pillar.

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