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Close view of head of monolithic statue of Narasimha, Vijayanagara

Close view of head of monolithic statue of Narasimha, Vijayanagara

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/13(1403)

Item number: 1403

Length: 21

Width: 26

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the monolithic statue of Narasimha at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer around 1880. This huge rock-cut sculpture, around 6.7 metres high, represents the lion-man incarnation of Vishnu, seated beneath a multi-headed serpent. It dates from 1528 and was donated by Krishnadeva Raya (r.1509-29). Vijayanagar was founded on the bank of the Tungabhadra River in the 14th century and was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India until the defeat by the Muslim armies in 1565.

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