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Hoysala sculpture group on the Kadambeshvara Temple, Rattihalli

Hoysala sculpture group on the Kadambeshvara Temple, Rattihalli

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2596)

Item number: 10032596

Genre: Photograph

Close view of sculpture of the Hoysala king slaying the lion on the temple tower. Reproduced in Henry Cousens, The Chalukyan architecture of the Kanarese Districts (A.S.I. vol. XLII, New Imperial Series, Calcutta, 1916), pl. cxii (a), and described p. 104: ''...the old temple...appears to have once been within the limits of the Hoysala territories. This is, perhaps, the reason why we find that curious group of sculpture - the Hoysala king slaying the lion -, placed upon the front of the tower...The temple consists of three shrines around a common hall, with another open hall (now closed up with mud walls) in advance of the last. The tower bearing the Hoysala sculpture is the middle or western one; the northern tower has gone, and the front of the southern one has been demolished. Apart from the sculpture, there is nothing of any special interest about the temple...'' The building is incorrectly identified in Bloch's list as the Kedareshvara Temple at Balagamve.

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