Part of a model of pillars in Tirumala Nayak's Pudu Mandapa, Madurai, India

Part of a model of pillars in Tirumala Nayak's Pudu Mandapa, Madurai, India

Part of a model of pillars in Tirumala Nayak's Pudu Mandapa, Madurai, India
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
1780-89
Copper alloy
Height 33 cm x width 41 cm x depth 16 cm
Museum no. 98-98D-1870

Antiquarian interest in the monuments of India burgeoned in the late 18th century and this model represents an early attempt to understand Indian temple architecture. It was commissioned by Adam Blackader, a surgeon residing in Madurai, who sent the model and scale drawings to London. His letter about them was read out to the Society of Antiquaries in 1789.