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Archive for November 3rd, 2010

The Tanjore millennium celebrations have wound to a close and after the display the exhibits have moved back to their original locations. So we hope. But there is one special exhibit, the one which we featured earlier in a post, which has gone back to its original location at the Tanjore Art Gallery, but then ….
Why loot a door Guardian

The original position of the exhibit was as below

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Readers of the post, would remember the speciality of this exhibit - it lies in its base.

“This is the door guardian brought by Lord Vijayarajendradeva after burning (the Chalukya capital) Kalyanapuram.”

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But, the care with which the exhibit was displayed at the site exhibition to coincide with the festivities - seen here with a blue carpet in front….

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…has not been continued after the event. As with all our exquisite antiques, its been installed with utter disregard for its uniqueness. Senseless is the word that comes to my mind. Take a look yourselves and judge.

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The base has been crudely cemented into the floor, painted over - the ignorant mason, having covered up the bottom line !! blood boils….

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What can be done to such people, the powers to be, who has scant regard for such treasures.

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