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Mahabalipuram: Arjuna's Penance, Detail of Bhagiratha

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Mahabalipuram: Arjuna's Penance, Detail of Bhagiratha
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Pallava-- Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) - Pallava
architecture
stone sculpture
slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Amid the joyous procession of celestials and earth guardians, the ascetic Bhagiratha sits in contemplation, displaying the very essence of the austere nature. Around him other ascetics join his prayers before the shrine of Siva. The old holy man's form is treated with the same sympathy and understanding as those of the animals, but his very sacred character is not overlooked in the process. The slight stylization pervading the handling of this figure and of those near it is in no sense out of step with the nature of the scene or with the effectiveness of the composition as a whole, since it serves both to contrast with and to complement the surrounding decoration: the ascetic nature evokes austere treatment while the nature of animal life evokes organic treatment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/176793
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1797

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