Free editor online | DOC > | XLS > | PPT >

OffiDocs favicon

The Pagoda Jewels, Madurai

Free download The Pagoda Jewels, Madurai free photo or picture to be edited with GIMP online image editor



Download or edit the free picture The Pagoda Jewels, Madurai for GIMP online editor. It is an image that is valid for other graphic or photo editors in OffiDocs such as Inkscape online and OpenOffice Draw online or LibreOffice online by OffiDocs.

Linneaus Tripe enlisted in the army of the East India Company at the age of seventeen. While in England on furlough in 1851 and 1853, he purchased cameras and photographic apparatus. The views he made of ancient temples in Hullabede and Belur in 1854 attracted the attention of the directors of the company, who in 1855 requested that the Indian presidencies use photographers rather than draftsmen to record regional antiquities. The following year Tripe was appointed government photographer to the Madras presidency, and in 1857-58 he made an extended photographic tour of the southern districts, producing six volumes of handsome photographs, most of them of temples, in 1858. This photograph is plate 11 in the third section of the Madurai volume. One of several photographs taken at the Great Temple of Madurai, it represents the special adornments for the idols and their mounts which were ceremoniously carried through the temple compound in festival processions. In addition to the richly jeweled crowns, necklaces, and forehead ornaments, there are stirrups of gold and bridles of pearls and coral. The large ornaments in the background embellished the lingam, the phallic symbol of the god Shiva. Placed over the lingam, the cobra would coil around it, raising its hood in an exorbitant display of protective majesty. The principal lingam resided in the innermost temple, forbidden to foreigners. Tripe's picture is thus about a ceremony he could not photograph and the absent symbol of a god he could not see.

Free picture The Pagoda Jewels, Madurai integrated with the OffiDocs web apps

Free Images

Use Office Templates