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Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. Detail of carvings on base of eastern face 212623

Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. Detail of carvings on base of eastern face 212623

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/6(23)

Item number: 212623

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Close-up view of sculptural detail, showing successive bands of repeated motifs of elephants, horses, yalis (fabulous lions) and scrollwork, rising up the fa├žade of the (mid-12th century) Hoysaleshvara temple in Halebid, a small town in Karnataka, which was once prosperous as the seat of the Hoysala rulers. The Hoysalas were energetic temple builders and their architecture was embellished with precision-carved sculptural friezes as seen in this picture. In his 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, Lyon wrote: 'The Carvings shown are, as already stated, on the east side of the temple...As before remarked, the arrangement of the parts is extremely similar to that found at Bailoor...It is also worthy of remark, that in both temples, the animals carved are placed according to their size and strength, the elephant, the largest and strongest, being placed the lowest...next above comes the Shardala or lion, next the horse, and fourthly the man; while above all comes the bird, as being the weakest of all'.

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