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Pandya: Chidambaram, East Gopuram

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Title: Pandya: Chidambaram, East Gopuram
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Chola, Pandya, etc.;architecture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This is the most typical gopuram of this period. It is 131' high, 88' wide at the base and 60' long. It was begun during the reign of the Chola king Kulottunga II, (1130?). The granite basement with its vertical walls has 3 storeys. The porch proper is surmounted by 7 brick storeys which are covered with niches and miniature buildings. The gopuram culminates in a vaulted roof which terminates at either end in a "peacock's tail". This motif is only found in Tamil country. The pillars seen in the foreground are for an awning on feast days. (Source: Frederic, L. Indian Temples & Sculpture, Thames & Hudson, London, 1959. Illus. 220, p. 257.)
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1854


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