Carving of Narasimha (Vishnu in his incarnation as Man Lion) at Vijayanagar
Artist: Sankey, Sir Richard Hieram (1829-1908)
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
Pencil and wash drawing with curved top representing a carving of Narasimha (Visnu in his incarnation as Man Lion) at Vijayanagar, dated 1867. Inscribed on front in water-colour: 'R.H.S. 1867'; on mount in pencil: 'Googali Narsama - a monolith. Hampi-Madras'; on back in pencil: 'A monolithic Hindoo Demon. Googali Narsama-at Hampi near Bellary. by R.H. Sankey.'
This huge rock-cut sculpture, around 6.7 metres high, represents Vishnu in his man-lion incarnation, seated beneath a serpent's hood. It dates from 1528 and was donated by Krishnadeva Raya. It is situated in the village of Hampi, the site of the ruined royal city of Vijayanagara which was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from 1336 until the defeat by the Muslim armies in 1565.