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06 August, 2012
The Great Platform at Vijayanagara: Architecture and Sculpture
The Great Platform at
Vijayanagara: Architecture and Sculpture
By- Anna L. Dallapiccola
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 recognized by scholars, this volume
presents the first comprehensive description of its architectural features and
sculptural imagery. Anna L. Dallapicolla’s account of the monument, which is in
the nature of a complete catalogue, is divided systematically into sections
that accord with the successive phases of construction. In addition to
analyzing the diverse themes of the carvings, Dallapiccola highlights the
stylistic characteristics of the different phases of the sculptures, drawing
particular attention to the profuse depictions of foreigners, notably the
Central Asian Turks who at one time must have formed part of the inner coteries
of the Vijayanagara court. These descriptions are illustrated by almost 100
photographs. George Michell contributes a chapter on the architectural features
of the monument. This is accompanied by annotated measure drawings showing
elevations and details.
Anna L. Dallapiccola is
former Professor of Indian Art History at the University of Heidelberg; she is
now an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University.
ISBN 978-81-7304-858-6 2010 168p. Rs.995/