02/08/2014

Pillared Temple Hall India Madurai Tamil Nadu Philadelphia Museum

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INDIAN AND HIMALAYAN

FOLK AND TRIBAL ARTS

2008 - 2016

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PILLARED TEMPLE HALL

PHILADELPHIA

MUSEUM OF ART

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India Madurai Tamil Nadu

c.1550

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The granite pillars, brackets, and slabs that form this temple hall-mandapa- come from the Madanagopalaswamy Temple, a XVIth century building complex in the South Indian city of Madurai.

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The complex is dedicated to Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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The architectural elements installed in the Museum were purchased in 1912 by Adeline Pepper Gibson of Philadelphia while on a visit to Madurai.

They are believed to have come primarily from a frrestanding hall that one stood in front of the main shrine and was probably dismantled in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Gift of Susan Pepper Gibson, Mary Gibson Henry, and Henry C. Gibson in memory of Adeline Pepper Gibson, 1919-714.

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