The Great Platform at Vijayanagara: Architecture & Sculpture

By: Anna L. Dallapiccola

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The Great Platform at Vijayanagara (Hampi) in Karnataka, popularly known as the Mahanavami Dibba, dominates the walled enclosures of the Royal Centre at the core of the ruins of the celebrated Hindu capital. The monument was constructed in successive phases during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. It rises in pyramidal Fashion in three superimposed granite tiers, and is fronted by Green chloritic panels on its western face. Nothing remains of the columned hall that crowned the summit of the Great Platform, presumably fashioned of wood. The sides, however, preserve an extensive series of relief carvings. These illustrate a broad range of topics: royal figures receiving guests, enjoying entertainments and Hunting expeditions; celebrations of the Vasantotsava spring Festival with courtly Women squirting each other with water; parades of royal horses, Elephants and even camels, accompanied by riders and attendants; courtly Female dancers and musicians as well as Forest female huntresses; Central Asian guards, Animal grooms and dancers and musicians. While the unique features of the Great Platform have to some extent been recognised by scholars, this volume presents the first comprehensive description of its Architectural features and Sculptural imagery. Printed Pages: 168

Title: The Great Platform at Vijayanagara: Architecture & Sculpture

Author Name: Anna L. Dallapiccola

Categories: Archaeology, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173048584

ISBN 13: 9788173048586

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200619

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