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Padmavati. Western Chalukyah [sic], Late. 11th-12th Centuries. London, British Museum.

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Title: Padmavati. Western Chalukyah [sic], Late. 11th-12th Centuries. London, British Museum.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Chalukya Dynasty-- Ittagi, Gadag, Alampur, Lakkundi and mis. sculpture, Chalukya;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Chalukya art is based on that of the classic 5th-6th centuries, but with elements reflecting Pallava influence. The Chalukya tradition had its beginning nearly 600 years before the execution of the example in our slide dated to the 11th century. Their art was never purely creative, and its forms were most often mediators for the transference of styles between the north and south of India along the western coast. From the north, the Chalukyas drew influence from the Guptas
from the south, the Pallava styles. The last phase of Chalukya art is manifested in some of the architecture of the Rajastan region and in subsequent decorations for its 12th century architecture: such is our example. Padmavati is the Queen of the Nagas, who, as we recall, are the spirits of the waters and often take on the bodies of snakes (see slide 4). Here, however, the goddess has a hood of snakes rather than a body of them. In an architectural function, this image would have figured in the areas of the doors, for the Nagas are important guardians and represent pious devotion. In keeping with Chalukya tastes, the background of the sculpture is plain while the detailing on the figure itself is only somewhat more outstanding. Precision does not characterize the technical handling of the form, but there is a certain grace to the gentle sway in the goddess' body.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1593


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