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Conjeeveram, Kailasanath Temple, general view

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dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
dc.coverage.spatialIndia (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu)
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T01:40:17Z
dc.date.available2019-10-15T01:40:17Z
dc.date.createdcirca 1970s
dc.identifierANUA 682-1817
dc.identifier.otherIM-976
dc.identifier.other15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/176813
dc.descriptionAnother very important Pallavan monument is one of the many Kailasanaths, Temples of the Holy Mountain dedicated to Siva. Mt. Kailasa was the legendary birthplace and abode of the god located high in the Himalayas. The Kailasanath at Conjeeveram (also known as Kanchi) is the first of a series of three such temples illustrating another phase in the development of all Indian sculpture and architecture, not simply the southern styles. A repetition of architectural units is employed at the conjeeveram Temple: for example, the entrance gate and screen before the main sanctuary are re-used in terms of their 'gateway' function in the porch of the sanctuary. The main shrine itself is rendered in typical southern style as a stepped pyramid. Additional features, beyond the Shore Temple for instance, show more use of the mushroom shaped capstone along the top of the enclosure walls, and a greater, more realistic development of the horizontal rows of miniature lookout posts on the tower. The capstone itself has been greatly elaborated and is a decorative variation on the 'brimming vase' (purna-kalasa), which, as S. Lee feels, is the original source of the capstone forms. The temple complex, with its particular use of gate, tower, main temple and enclosure, is the first of its kind in such proportions at Conjeeveram and is copied almost literally at another Kailasanath at Pattadakal. (See slides 19-21). -- About 700.
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.subjectPallava-- Kanchipuram (Conjeeveram) - Pallava
dc.subjectarchitecture
dc.subjectslide set
dc.titleConjeeveram, Kailasanath Temple, general view
dc.typeImage
dc.date.updated2019-10-15T01:40:16Z
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.
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