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Virupaksa Temple, Siva

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Virupaksa Temple, Siva
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Chalukya Dynasty-- Pattadakal;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This most elegant piece is more obviously Pallava than Calukya in its conception, but from now on, the two styles are so intermingled that it is difficult to separate them. Siva leans on the head and the hump of Nandin, while his other hand rests gracefully on his hip. The third hand wields the little drum whose celestial sound sets the rhythm of creation, and his fourth holds the banner of victory. The plinth bears floral decoration which derives from the Gupta style. On this occasion the statue was not carved after the completion of the temple, but was carried out at the same time on a separate block which was subsequently installed during the process of construction. This technique shows a sharp advance over that of more typically Calukyan temples of the same period, such as the Papanatha.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1581


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