Konark (Monumental Legacy Series)`

By: Thomas Donaldson

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The modern state of Orissa (Odra, Utkala, or Kalinga in antiquity) is well known as a land of temples , its great sanctity extolled in various Sanskrit texts. The Orissan style of architecture represents a unique regional variation of the northern style of Hindu temples. Architecturally, the Sun Temple at Konark, built by King Narasimha I in the mid-thirteenth century, represents the climax of a thousand-year evolution of Orissan temple construction. Although the temple is now a colossal ruin, it has been said to be the most richly ornamented building externally at least in the whole world . Its decorative elements run the gamut from the sacred to the erotic, including exquisitely carved monumental images of the Sun God, celestial female musi-cians, and scenes of the daily life of the Oriya people. In this volume, Thomas Donaldson addresses numerous myths and theories related to the temple s construction, while outlining its architectural features and sculptural programme in an accessible manner. Detailed site information, a helpful glossary, and extensive photographs and plans are also included. Printed Pages: 98.

Title: Konark (Monumental Legacy Series)`

Author Name: Thomas Donaldson

Categories: India, Art & Art History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Oxford University Press:

ISBN: 0195675916

ISBN 13: 9780195675917

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 14 Cms x 22 Cms

Seller ID: 023152

Keywords: Indian History Art Sculpture Architecture Temples