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Somnathpur. Kesava Temple. Detail of Frieze, 12th-13th Centuries

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Title: Somnathpur. Kesava Temple. Detail of Frieze, 12th-13th Centuries
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Hoysala, South India, Mysore;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: If the sculptures of this temple are more crude, its friezes are more carefully executed. This one shows a procession. On the horse at the right interesting details of a harness can be observed. The animal on the left is one of the very rare portrayals of the dromedary. These animals, unknown in southern India are in fact never shown in southern Carvings [sic], and only very rarely in those of the north. Here it is carrying two great drums on which a man beats with a stick in either hand. Although the dromedary and the horse are of the same size the difference in size of the man by comparison with the animals gives us the true scale.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1700


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