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

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dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
dc.coverage.spatialIndia (Mysore, Karnataka)
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T01:32:01Z
dc.date.available2019-10-15T01:32:01Z
dc.date.createdcirca 1970s
dc.identifierANUA 682-1710
dc.identifier.otherIM-839
dc.identifier.other31
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/176706
dc.descriptionHoysale [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.
dc.format.extent35mm
dc.format.mediummounted transparency
dc.format.mediumb&w
dc.format.mediumsepia
dc.format.mimetypeimage/tiff
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBasham Collection
dc.subjectHoysala, South India, Mysore
dc.subjectstone sculpture
dc.subjectslide set
dc.titleHuntress. Relief. Hoysale [sic]. 12th Century. New Delhi, National Museum.
dc.typeImage
dc.date.updated2019-10-15T01:32:00Z
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2019
dc.rights.licenseThis item is provided for research purposes. Contact the Australian National University Archives at butlin.archives@anu.edu.au for permission to use.
CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham

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