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Mahabalipuram: Arjuna's Penance, Detail of dancing ascetic.

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Title: Mahabalipuram: Arjuna's Penance, Detail of dancing ascetic.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Pallava-- Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) - Pallava;architecture;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Here is a detail of one of the two representations of Bhagiratha on the monument. He is shown in an ascetic's posture, the head directed toward the sun and balancing his bony frame precariously on one leg. Near him, just to the left of his feet, is a jolly little guhyaka (dwarf Yaksha or earth guardian), shown as the antithesis of the ascetic Bhagiratha. Bhagiratha, in fact, stands in contrast to all the other figures around him, particularly because the other figures are of gods, but also because he must stand out in his role as the holy petitioner for mankind, displaying the utmost ascetic practices. There is a conspicuous de-emphasis on details in this sculpture. The broadest and simplest of forms are enough to express the figural content.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1792


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