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Hampi Vijayanagara

John M. Fritz (Author) George Michell (Author) John Gollings (Photography) Jaico/Deccan Heritage Foundation Guidebook Series

Hampi is one of the most beautiful and evocative of all historical sites in south India. Austere yet grandiose, it was established as the seat of the Vijayanagara empire in the mid-14th century, a time when art and architecture flourished. Contemporary chroniclers from Persia, Italy, Portugal and Russia visited the empire during this period and left glowing accounts of a city that was conquered by Sultanate troops in AD 1565, pillaged for six months and abandoned. Hampi Vijayanagara examines the temples renowned for their florid ornamentation, intricate carvings, magnificent pavilions, stately pillars and a wealth of iconographic and traditional depictions. The book also includes site plans and three-dimensional reconstructions.

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About the authors

John M. Fritz

Dr. John M. Fritz is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. Together with George Michell, he has been co-director of the Vijayanagara research project since 1981. He has carried out a detailed archaeological survey of the Vijayanagara site.

George Michell

George Michell obtained his PhD in the field of early western Chalukya temple architecture from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London, in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, he directed courses on Asian architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and was the co-editor of Art and Archaeology Research Papers from 1972 to 1982. Since the 1980s, he has co-directed an international team of scholars and students at Vijayanagara, the medieval Hindu site in Karnataka. George Michell has also lectured at universities and museums throughout the USA, Europe, India and Australia. Among his many Publications are The Royal Palaces of India, Islamic Heritage of the Deccan, Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning and Hindu Art and Architecture.

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Title Hampi Vijayanagara
Format Softcover
Date published: 13.09.2014
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 9788184956023
length 157p.,Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; Colour; Maps; 20cm.