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West shrine of Temple at Balsane

West shrine of Temple at Balsane

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2107)

Item number: 10032107

Length: 28.5

Width: 37.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the west shrine of a temple at Balsane, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. This temple is one of nine built at Balsane during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The majority were constructed in the Yadava Deccan style of architecture, the example depicted in this photograph included. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple incorporates three shrines, arranged around a central mandapa, or porch. It is the only temple at Balsane with a shikhara, or tower built over a sanctuary, which is still standing . The tower incorporates a small upper chamber, the design of which bears affinities to temples built at Konch near Tikari and at Bodh Gaya. The outside of the tower is adorned with projections, a theme which is continued on the temple's outer walls which are also adorned with deeply cut basement mouldings. The sculpture panels set in the niches have been badly damaged.

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