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Unidentified Cave Temple, Mamallapuram 10032219

Unidentified Cave Temple, Mamallapuram 10032219

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2219)

Item number: 10032219

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 (reigned 630-668 AD). Along a granite hill are some rock-cut caves and the celebrated sculptured rock depicting Arjuna's penance. This photo shows the entrance to an unidentified cave. Four square-and-octagonal sectioned pillars support the opening, with a hall beyond. The rock-face above the entrance is carved into ornamental architectural forms.

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