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Chola: Kalugumalai, tinnevelly. Vettuvankoil rock-cut Siva temple. c. 9th cent.

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Title: Chola: Kalugumalai, tinnevelly. Vettuvankoil rock-cut Siva temple. c. 9th cent.
Author(s): Kramrisch, Stella
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Chola, Pandya, etc.;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Vishnu holding the wheel and the conch in his two upper hands is shown as if rising from his throne with one foot placed on his seat, the other on a foot rest. In this posture of ease his figure is flanked by lively Ganas, on a ledge of the wall of the temple. The 'plinth' over its several mouldings is studded with lion-faced Sardulas. The vault of the roof of Vishnu's chapel is enriched with scroll cartouches and their male and female glendoveers. The shadows in the recessed parts of this rock architecture are deepened by its position at the bottom of the excavated pit. -- Vishnu, lower floor, west face, Middle section.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1842


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