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Gwalior. Larger Sas-Bahu Temple. 1093.

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Title: Gwalior. Larger Sas-Bahu Temple. 1093.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gwalior;architecture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Sas-Bahu Temple is an example of architecture in India 'after the fall' or rather after the Moslem invasion in 1024. The Indian artists did not allow their styles to succumb completely to the foreigners and quite pugnaciously resisted adopting Moslem canons for anything they built in their own homeland. We can see that several architectural features common to early medieval India have been fallen back on and added to with perhaps less refined new elements. The raised base beneath the temple, for example, is a characteristic Nagara or northern element while the relative horizontality of the roof is a southern tradition. Neither feature is the same as it had been three hundred years earlier, however, for both have been given different roles to play. The raised base now forms the stairway, which enters the temple, and the horizontal roof has allowed for the opening up of broad verandas and porches. A noticeable decrease in decorative sculpture is also present.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1281


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