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Kirwuttee. Sculptured capital. [Kuruvatti]

Kirwuttee. Sculptured capital. [Kuruvatti]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(37)

Item number: 965137

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sculpture from the Mallikarjuna Temple at Kuruvatti, taken by William Henry Pigou, c. 1857, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. This large temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the Late Chalukya style of the Deccan, towards the end of the 10th century. It consists of a sanctuary with a closed hall or mandapa and three porches. The sculptured wall-panels that decorate the exterior are very finely executed. The central entrance into the mandapa is famous for its bracket figures. They are carved in chloritic schist with extraordinary details and are situated on the side of the door frame. They depict female figures wearing elaborate ornaments, with scroll motifs behind them and with ghanas or dwarf attendants supporting their pedestal.

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