Lord Vishnu Flanked By Hanuman-Garuda

Lord Vishnu Flanked By Hanuman-Garuda

Part of the Karnata Dravida tradition, a style of Deccan architecture characterised by its departure from Tamil influences, Hoysala architecture spans about seven centuries of prolific temple-building and settlement. During the rule of the Hoysala dynasty in the twelfth to thirteenth century, it had attained to the zenith of its beauty and perfection as could be seen in the ancient temples of Karnataka still standing today. The Lord Vishnu ensemble that you see on this page is in keeping with its grandeur.

The sharp-featured, long-limbed form of the Lord seems to emerge straight from the walls of a Hoysala-era temple. Temple-wall sculpture is an integral aspect of this school of architecture, and is distinct from the iconography of the deities housed therein. Lord Vishnu here stands upon a tall lotus pedestal, on the bed of which lie the soles of His feet and the tip of the goad He holds with His left hand. The right hand he raises in blessing, while the posterior hands wield a conch and a discus. A richly embroidered dhoti, sashes cascading down either side of His hips, and a tall crown embossed with the Kirtimukham motif.

The ensemble is poised upon a latticeworked base. The same features a Kirtimukham at the very front, and a solid panel engraved with lotus petals below. Ornate legs resembling a clutch of lush vine. At the base of the surrounding aureole stand Lord Hanuman to the right and Lord Garuda to the left. From the Yali brackets to the gigantic Kirtimukham at the top, the aureole bears every hallmark of Hoysala workmanship.

Item Code: ZED87
Bronze Statue from Bangalore
42 inch Height x 20.5 inch Width x 12 inch Depth
62 kg
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