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Hoysala Architecture: Medieval Temples of Southern Kamataka Built During Hoysala Rule (In 2 Volumes)

Gerard Foekeca (Author)
Synopsis This book provides a complete survey of the Hoysala temples that are still in existence. These sophisticated Hindu temples, always made of potstone, were built between 1100 and 1300 AD in the southern half of Karnataka, southern India. Today three of them, found in Belur, Halebid and Somanathapur, are very well-known. They are, however, only the tip of the iceberg, for more than a hundred Hoysala temples, large and small, have survived the ravages of time. In this book all important and elaborate ones are discussed, and also a large selection of the smaller and more simple ones. Altogether, some 90 temples are dealt with. This is not the first time that a full-scale account of Hoysala temples has been given. An extensive appraisal of them can be found in the annual reports of the Archaeological Survey of Mysore, published between 1906 and 1946. The exemplary descriptions and illustrations given by them are, however, scattered over many separate volumes and unfortunately, pay only limited attention to architectural design. This book nicely supplements the old Mysore reports and specifically describes the characteristic architectural features of the temples. All of the temples and architectural features discussed are illustrated by some 500 photographs. Architectural designs are also explained by more than 70 figures. Furthermore, all temple sites have been clearly indicated in 12 maps. Up until the present day, no other group of Indian temples has received so clear and concise and overview.
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About the author

Gerard Foekeca

Dr. Foekema through his present work has developed an interesting approach. While he studies the technical aspects of the subject giving the general background of the growth of temple architecture under reference, he tries to examine the important components of Hoysala temples and their features in a lucid and simple language which is further aided by his excellent illustrations. He divides Hoysala shrines into three groups e.g. Old Dravida, New Dravida and Nagara. According to him, three types of ground-plans have been utilized in these shrines for elevational purposes, viz., square, star-shaped and half-star plans. He also analyses them technically with an insight. Similarly, he also examines and studies the temples halls, porches, pillars, etc., in some depth and draws interesting inferences.

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Title Hoysala Architecture: Medieval Temples of Southern Kamataka Built During Hoysala Rule (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Books & Books
Language: English
isbn 8185016410
length xx+707p., Illustrations.