Albumenized salt print from a waxed paper negative
Image: 27.4 x 36 cm (10 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.); Paper: 27.4 x 36 cm (10 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.); Mounted: 45.3 x 57.3 cm (17 13/16 x 22 9/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2020.210
Catalogue raisonné: Dewan: CR6-219
This is thought to have been the tallest structure in the world when it was constructed around 1000.
This granite structure is part of one of the largest and most important examples of South Indian temple architecture and continues to this day as an active place of worship. Each niche contains a sculpted figure, and inscriptions run all around its base. It is dedicated to Shiva, one of three primary gods of Hinduism, whose followers recognize him as the ultimate deity who creates, preserves, and destroys everything in the entire universe.
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