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Close view of kirttimukha in front of tower of Kedareshvara Temple, Balagamve

Close view of kirttimukha in front of tower of Kedareshvara Temple, Balagamve

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2600)

Item number: 10032600

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the kirttimukha attached to the Kedareshvara Temple, Balagamve [Balligave] taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Balligave is located in the modern state of Karnataka. This view shows the kirttimukha or carved lion mask, above the arched front of the tower and in front of the sculpture. Henry Cousens described it: "Upon the great arched frontispiece of the main tower, beneath the Hoysala group, is some superb arabesque carving in very bold relief...The work around the arch, and especially the beautiful pendant falling from the mouth of the kirtimukha mask are splendid specimens of the sculptor's art...There is no weakness about this magnificently-cut kirtimukha mask; on the contrary, it is remarkably strong - strong in its broad treatment, strong in its splendid outline, and strong in its vigorous lights and shadows..."

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