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  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX3, shelf XM, box 48

Physical description

Albumen print of a stone figure of a female with a dead child hanging on the right side of her neck, which is said to represent a severe famine.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Albumen print


Height: 19.9 cm, Width: 23.3 cm

Object history note

This figure is associated with the group of cave sancturies at Mahabalipuram, founded by the ruling Pallava Kings between the 7th-8th century. The caves are well known for their 'rathas': temples in the forms of chariots, large open air sculptures and in particular the Shore temple, built to honour Lord Shiva. Overall the site is recognised as one of the greatest sculptural achievements in India.

Descriptive line

Photograph by an unknown photographer of a sculpture of a woman and child, Mahabalipuram Cave Temples, Madras, India, about 1850

Subjects depicted

Famine; Allegory; Sculpture; Figures; Mothers; Allegorical figures


Photographs; Sculpture; Death; Topography


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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