Hoysala sculpture and architecture – Somanathpur – (8)

Hoysala - Somanathpur (6)


The above photograph  shows  one of the most interesting sculptures of Chennakesava temple, Somanathpur. Instead of the conventional usage of the ‘Cob’ as a whole in one of the hands, the sculptor used his own imagination and shown it in a bowl in which the maize corn were filled to its full capacity, in such a way that some of the corn should appear and visible always and placed it in the left hand of the divine male sculpture. This sculpture once again serves as a good example to indicate that the sculptors of Hoysala period had been given ample freedom by their masters to imagine and portray things differently, but at the same time taking care not to contradict or spoiling the original ideas behind the symbols and established conventions.


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