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A wall on the east side of the south entrance.

A wall on the east side of the south entrance.

Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 959/(18)

Item number: 95918

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print by Richard Banner Oakeley of a wall frieze at Halebid in Karnataka. Halebid (ancient Dwarasamudra), a small town in the Hassan district, was once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty of the southern Deccan which flourished from about 1100-1350 AD. Invasions by the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century led to its decline. The Hoysalas were avid temple builders and the site is renowned for the remnants of architecture and sculpture fashioned out of the chloritic schist in the region. The most famous monument here is the twelfth- century Hoysaleswara temple dedicated to Shiva, which was built for an official of Vishnuvardhana (reigned 1108-42). It is an exemplar of the lavish Hoysala style and is encrusted with continuous bands of sculpture, unsurpassed in its detail and vibrancy. Oakeley wrote of this image, 'The first figure to the right hand seems to be an Apsara; the second, the Hindoo Trimurti; the bearded face of Brahma in the centre; in the third, I recognise Brahma by the rosary; the fourth, Vishnu, and the fifth, Siva and Parvati'.

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