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Huntress. Relief. Hoysale [sic]. 12th Century. New Delhi, National Museum.

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Title: Huntress. Relief. Hoysale [sic]. 12th Century. New Delhi, National Museum.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Hoysala, South India, Mysore;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Hoysale [sic] is in the kingdom of Mysore and developed a very characteristic style utilizing fine-grained, dark, local stone. Figures in Hoysale sculpture are always elaborately carved, and when incorporated into architectural programs, often become buried in the profusion of ornamental decoration. Assisting the Hoysale artist in creating these richly worked sculptures is the fact that the stone, when first quarried, is quite soft and tractable to the chisel, while later it becomes hardened to adamantine resistence on exposure to the air. Underlying this plastic exuberance, as B. Rowland has observed, is a most strict iconographic framework governing the execution and installation of sacred images and epic narratives in the temples. A unique local innovation is this huntress figure which, apart from the dress, is physically akin to long traditional Yakshi goddesses. It is obvious that the sculptor preferred working with details in jewelry, fur and vegetal patterns than in accurately describing the maiden's anatomy as we are almost overcome by the profusion of decoration to the point that we could forget that a figure is present at all. The carving is boldly executed, to be sure, but does lack a tasteful grace common to the northern style in sculpture at this time.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1710


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