Image: 35.7 x 27.3 cm (14 1/16 x 10 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.7 x 27.3 cm (14 1/16 x 10 3/4 in.); Mounted: 57.4 x 45.4 cm (22 5/8 x 17 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2020.211
Catalogue raisonné: Dewan: CR6-114
This hall was built to serve as a summer house for the gods to whom the temple is dedicated.
The temple complex that contains this open, pillared hall is dedicated to Minakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshvara, a form of Shiva. The central column depicts Shiva feeding sugarcane to an elephant. Because Linnaeus Tripe respected the Hindu temples as places of religious, historical, and artistic value, he strove to document the carvings decorating the temples, even when they were hidden in shadow.
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