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View from the north-west of the Someshvara Temple at Kanoda, Gujarat

View from the north-west of the Someshvara Temple at Kanoda, Gujarat

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1885)

Item number: 1885

Length: 24.1

Width: 29.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Someshvara Temple at Kanoda in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Of the temple at Kanoda, along the Rupen River in Gujarat, only the mandapa or columned hallway along with the foundations of the shrine exists. The undated temple’s mandapa consisted of three porches, covered by a domical roof decorated with brackets supporting figures of dancers and musicians. This temple is reproduced in collotype in Archaeological Survey of Western India, IX, 1903, pl. xii, described by Burgess and Cousens on pp. 110-11: “In the middle of the shrine lies a large stone head measuring 12.5 inches from chin to top of the forehead, looking like the head of a gigantic dwarapala; and beside it is a fragment with a devi sculptured on it.”

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