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View of domed ceiling in the mandapa of the Ambaranatha Temple, Ambarnath

View of domed ceiling in the mandapa of the Ambaranatha Temple, Ambarnath

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2198)

Item number: 10032198

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the domed ceiling of the mandapa of the Ambaranatha temple, Ambarnath taken by Henry Cousens in either the 1880s or the 1890s. Ambarnath is situated in the modern state of Maharashtra. The Ambaranatha Temple was built in 1060 as recorded in an inscription found in the temple and was built in the Yadava style of architecture. The temple faces west and consists of a sanctuary and a mandapa or hall with three porches, all built on a stepped plan. A tall Shikara or tower rises above the temple which repeats the designs of the walls below. This is a view looking up towards ceiling of the hall, showing the deeply undercut carving of the dome which rises in a series of concentric circles to a central pendant. The triangular spaces in the corners are decorated with kirtimukha faces and scrollwork.

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