A quick shadow study of the top of a monolithic Chola structure at Mamallapuram. It's locally referred to as the Ganesha Ratha but the figures and figurines on the top are very different from the usual Ganesha temples.
Like most other Chola architecture in the town, its a subtractive work - (instead of adding small blocks to make a building you subtract from one large chunk of rock to arrive at the end result). It was late afternoon and the sun was falling perfectly on the granite.
This was part of a day long trip that a bunch of us sketchers made. Much fun was had and many sketches were produced by one and all. If you'd like to see more work from the group at Mamallapuram you can check them out here.