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Lakshmi. [Sculpture on the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

Lakshmi. [Sculpture on the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 959/(3)

Item number: 9593

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print taken by Richard Banner Oakeley showing the figure of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, at Halebid in Karnataka. Halebid is a temple site with the remains of architecture dating from the Hoysala period (1100-1350 AD) in the southern Deccan. The most important monument here is the Hoysaleswara temple, begun in ca. 1121, which is decorated with a wealth of sculpture carved from chlorite. The figure of Lakshmi standing on a lotus shows the detail with which the Hoysalan sculptor embellished the stone forms.

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