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    Gouache painting on paper, part of an album of seventy paintings of Indian deities. The Tayumanavar temple in the Tiruchirapalli Fort precincts and of the Uchchipillaiyar temple on the summit of the Rock at Tiruchirappalli. The foreground shows the bazaar street into which opens the door to the steps which lead the visitor up to the Tayumanavar temple. Shown on the left is the temple of the main deity, Matrubhuteshvara, and near it that of the goddess consort, Sugandha Kuntalambal. Treetops and the upper storeys of a gopura can be seen behind the walls of the Fort. The Uchchipillaiyar shrine at the top of the Rock and the steps leading to it are shown. From the summit of the temple flies a Union Jack.


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    • 1830 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.5 centimetres
    • Width: 17 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Dallapiccola 2010:
    For a very similar vista of Tiruchirappalli see 1962,1231,0.13.75. The absence of a caption may indicate that this album was executed at Tiruchirappalli itself.

    An album of seventy paintings of Indian gods, including the unusual inclusion of the myth of Trishira, Ravana’s brother, who is said to be the founder of the city of Tiruchirappalli (1992,0410,0.1.49 & 1992,0410,0.1.53). This suggests that the album was produced in Tiruchirappalli. The album includes inscribed commentary from three different people. The first commentator attempts to identify each of the paintings and sometimes draws parallels with Egyptian mythology. The second commentator expands on these identifications and attempts to draw comparisons with classical mythology, whilst the third commentator is interested in the various sectarian marks that characterize Shaivas and Vaishnavas. The images retain the brilliant colour of the paint, evidence of the album having been kept closed for long periods since its creation. The buckram binding of the album is stamped with the words ‘Hindu Deities’.


  • Bibliography

    • Dallapiccola 2010 cat. 7.57 bibliographic details
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    Not on display

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Album of South Indian paintings on paper.

Album of South Indian paintings on paper.

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