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Temple of Vittalswami, Gopuram, Frieze

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Title: Temple of Vittalswami, Gopuram, Frieze
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Vijayanagara style;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Almost all the gopurams of this period bear vertical friezes decorating the uprights which portray the avataras, or various forms of Visnu. At the base of this ascending frieze is always found a statue of a woman standing on a makara, symbolising the Ganges. The one shown here, although much mutilated, still retains a remarkable suppleness, further accentuated by the figure-of-eight movement of the climbing plants which surround her. The voluminous chignon sags to one side.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1928


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