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Another representation of Nara Singha.

Another representation of Nara Singha.

Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 959/(10)

Item number: 95910

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print by Richard Banner Oakeley of a sculpture at Halebid in Karnataka. The carving, of chloritic schist, represents Vishnu in his incarnation as Narasingha (man-lion), in which form he destroyed the demon Hiranyakashippu. The Hoysala dynasty who made Halebid their capital, built many temples, some of which such as the Hoysaleswara temple are considered tremendous achievements of Hindu architecture. The temple's walls are covered with sculpture panels of various divinities, both Shaiva and Vaishnava.

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