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Sculpture at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style

Anila Verghese (Author) Anna L. Dallapiccola (Author)
Synopsis This book deals in detail with sculpture at Vijayanagara (present-day Hampi, Hospettaluka, Bellary district, Karnataka), the capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom from the mid-fourteenth century to 1565. The Vijayanagara Kingdom, at its peak, extended over much of Southern India. From Vijayanagara city ruled the monarchs of thee dynasties: Sangama (1336-1485), Saluva (1485-1505), and Tuluva (1505-65)." In this volume the origins and uniqueness of the Vijayanagara style are examined, as well as the materials and techniques used, and the iconographic forms that were developed. Narrative imagery, which was highly developed at the site, is discussed at some length in a separate chapter. Other chapers are devoted to the various images of the different Gods and Goddesses, minor divinities, saints and heroes. Royal themes, such as depictions of courtly figures and their activities, form the subject of yet a further chapter. Representations of animals and birds, and floral and geometric motifs are also included. The volume is illustrated with a generous selection of specially prepared line drawings, photographs and location maps. The appendices supply a wealth of essential data of interest for specialists.
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About the authors

Anila Verghese

Anila Verghese is Lecturer and Head of the Department of History at Sophia College, Bombay University. She has been working at Hampi since 1985 and has published extensively, both monographs and research papers, on this site. Her major works are Religious Traditions at Vijayanagara: As Revealed Through its Monuments; Archaeology, Art and Relition: New Perspectives on Vijayanagara and has co-authored, with Anna Dallapiccola, Sculptures at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style.

Anna L. Dallapiccola

Anna L. Dallapiccola, Formerly Professor of Indian Art History at the University of Heidelberg, is now Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University and Visiting Professor at PRASADA, Department of Architecture at De Montfort University, Leicester. Among her recent publications are Sculpture at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style, together with Anita Verghese (Manohar, New Delhi, 1998) and Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (Thames and Hudson, London, 2002). A member of the Vijayanagar Research Project since 1983, she takes a particular interest in the art and culture of the Vijayanagara era.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sculpture at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173042322
length 390p., Figures; Plates; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.