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Leogryph, from South India. 17th Century. London, British Museum

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Title: Leogryph, from South India. 17th Century. London, British Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Vijayanagara style;architecture;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Architectural decoration is another vital part of the so-called South India Renaissance which takes place during the 14th through the 16th centuries in Indian art. After the horrendous Moslem onslaught from 1336 to 1565, the native Indians found an independence under Vijayanagar who ruled most of their southern regions and withstood the Moslem invasions. It was thus possible for the Indian artisans to maintain their art in a dignified style, though at times it was given to over-exuberance. Both rhythm and heroic vitality characterize the sculptures done at this time, a feature which does not last long into the next century when styles again take a turn for the worse and physical types grow fatly grotesque and histrionic.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1939


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