Bull Temple, Bangalore

Bull Temple, Bangalore

ca. 1905
13.55x
8.90cm

This 16th century temple to Nandi, the sacred bull, was built by Kempe Gowda who also founded the city of Bangalore. This slightly mysterious postcard, with a nicely darkened foreground and a respectful distance, was made by Wiele's Studio, better known as Wiele & Klein. Founded in 1882 by two Germans, their postcards go back to the turn of the century and like many of the best publishers, they also manufactured half-tone and line blocks for printing in addition to providing a whole range of photographic services. Nonetheless, like most postcards of India before World War I, this was printed in Germany.