From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleMadura [sp]-Madras Presidency, the Eastern Gopura [sp]
About this objectView of a gopuram on the east side of the Meenaskshi Temple complex. The gopuram is a large pyramidal, colorfully painted entrance to the temple. The temple was originally built in the 6th century and has been rebuilt and added to over many centuries. The location is the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. During the British occupation, and when this photograph was taken, Tamil Nadu was known as the Madras Presidency.
Place MadeChennai, India
MakerNicholas & Co.
Date Madeca. 1880s
Medium and MaterialsAlbumen print.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [pen] No 16recto: [pen] Madura [sp] – Madras Presidency. / The Eastern Gopura [sp]verso: [pen] This Gopura [sp] is nine stories high and altogether measures 152 feet 7 inches – there are 215 steps from bottom to top – the staircase is in the wall – the steps are very steep, and at the top there is an interval of 5 feet without steps – in order to reach the top one must pull himself as he can, and the view he has, when there, scarcely repays him for his trouble
Measurements29.1 cm x 22.9 cm
Subject and Association DescriptionNicholas & Co. was a photography studio based in Madras from the 1860s to the 1890s run by John P. Nicholas.
Subject and Association KeywordsNicholas & Co.
Subject and Association Keywords1880s
Subject and Association KeywordsIndia
Subject and Association KeywordsMadurai
Subject and Association KeywordsTamil Nadu
Subject and Association KeywordsTemple
Subject and Association KeywordsHinduism
Subject and Association KeywordsReligion
Subject and Association Keywordstower
Subject and Association KeywordsMeenakshi Temple
Subject and Association KeywordsGopuram
Subject and Association KeywordsAlbumen
Subject and Association KeywordsDravidian Architecture
CollectionCollection of Visual Studies Workshop
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