`Artwork de Mexico' passed off as `Thaalagiri Shiva Temple' sculpture

An image of a man working on a computer is widely shared on social media. Users claim it is of a sculpture carved in the Thaalagiri Shiva Temple by Narasimhavarman II, a Pallava Kingdom ruler.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  3 Aug 2022 6:30 AM GMT
`Artwork de Mexico passed off as `Thaalagiri Shiva Temple sculpture

Hyderabad: An image of a man working on a computer is widely shared on social media.

Users claim it is of a sculpture carved in the Thaalagiri Shiva Temple by Narasimhavarman II, a Pallava Kingdom ruler.

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NewsMeter also received the claim on WhatsApp to verify it.


Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter did the reverse image search of the viral image and found it on a website called Second Life Marketplace. This piece is part of our Artwork de Mexico collection, read the caption.

Strange Horizon, another website, also posted the image on October 9, 2006. According to the website, the image was created by Raul Cruz. "Raul Cruz (a.k.a. Racrufi) has been working as a freelance illustrator for a variety of clients since 1983, in Mexico (Fernandez Publishing, Roberto Gaudelli, Montage, and more), the United States (Marvel Comics and the magazines Heavy Metal and Spectrum, among others), and Argentina (Lumen Publishing," according to the website.

Furthermore, the viral image has also been published on a cover of a book titled "Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain."

https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Latinos-Anthology-Science-Classics/dp/0819566349

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Sculpture carved in the Thaalagiri Shiva Temple by Narasimhavarman II, a Pallava Kingdom ruler
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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