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The more than sixty carved granite elements that comprise this monumental space were collected by Philadelphian Adeline Pepper Gibson during a visit in 1912 to Madurai, a city in the south of India known for its spectacular Hindu temples. She found them in piles of rubble within the compound of a sixteenth-century Krishna temple called the Madanagopalaswamy, which remains active today, and purchased them from the temple authorities. Recent curatorial research indicates that the majority of the pieces were most likely parts of a festival hall (mandapam) located in front of the main shrine that had been pulled down long before Adeline’s arrival. In such halls, community members gather to participate in a variety of celebratory rituals and other activities.