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Views in Mysore. Bailoor Temple [Chennakeshava Temple, Belur]. Carvings in detail on east side 212613

Views in Mysore. Bailoor Temple [Chennakeshava Temple, Belur]. Carvings in detail on east side 212613

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/6(13)

Item number: 212613

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. A close-up of some of the exquisitely detailed bands of carving on the walls of the east side of the Chennakeshava temple at Belur in Karnataka, built by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in the first half of the 12th century. Lyon noted that this view '...will convey some idea of the exquisite carvings on the eastern half of this temple. The little cushion-shaped frames - each enclosing its little figure - stand out in clear relief, the stone being cut completely away behind, and each frame being pierced through; while both behind and above them other rows of small figures are carved...The small running patterns, intermixed with these, are only to be compared to the finest lace-work; the whole forming such master-pieces of carvings as probably cannot anywhere be excelled. They have all, unfortunately, been whitewashed, by which much of the beauty of detail is lost'.

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