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Siva temple. Mahadeva, 7th-8th cent.

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Title: Siva temple. Mahadeva, 7th-8th cent.
Author(s): Kramrisch, Stella
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Elephanta;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The triune image is that of Siva manifest as quiddity (Tatpurusa), in the central face. Together with the crown, it is the pillar shape of the central Linga and body whence Siva is revealed as polarity, male, in his creative-destructive fury on the right, female on the left. The triune heads emerge from the central pillar and are carried on broad shoulders. The hand of Tatpurusa holds a citrus fruit and rosary. A Dvarapala or guardian of the Gat is carved on either side of the bay. -- 17ft. 10 ins. high.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1540


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