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Temple Tank, Tamil Nadu

c. 1860
Image: 7.4 x 7.7 cm (2 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.); Mounted: 8.2 x 7.3 cm (3 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
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When seen through a stereo viewer, the two images—each taken from a slightly different angle—create the illusion of a three-dimensional scene.


The photographer has not only shown us this Hindu temple from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but also one aspect of how people worshipped there: the ritual bath or cleansing. He placed the temple’s tank in the foreground, with ghats (steps leading into the water), bathers, and a temple chariot for the procession of bronzes during festivals occupying the middle ground. In the background is a high gopura, a gateway that leads into the temple’s grounds.
Temple Tank, Tamil Nadu

Temple Tank, Tamil Nadu

c. 1860

Unknown, 19th century

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