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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    South Indian Company School artist, early 19th Century

    An unfinished gopuram

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    South Indian Company School artist, early 19th Century
    An unfinished gopuram
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
    8¾ x 20¼ in. (22.2 x 51.5 cm.)


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    A gopuram is a monumental tower at the entrance to a temple. This prominent feature of Hindu temple architecture is commonly found in Southern India. They function as gateways through the walls that surround the temple complex.

    The entrance gateway to the Ranganatha temple at Srirangam, India's most famous unfinished gopuram, possesses a similar architectural style of roof and passageway as the present drawing.

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