Iconography based on Shaivite narrative: photo 242
Photo 242 of 250 in Gallery: Iconography based on Shaivite narrative
Image title: Figure 242: North facade of the Iravattaneshvara
[original] Façade nord de l’Iṟavāttāṉeśvara, Kāñcipuram (cliché V. Gillet, 2008)
[transcription] North facade of the Iravattaneshvara, Kancipuram (photo V. Gillet, 2008)
These plates originate from the book The Creation of an Iconography as based on Shaivite narrative (original title: “La création d'une iconographie sivaïte narrative”) which details the sculptures and construction temples of the Pallava dynasty (in the Tamil-speaking Southern India) near the end of the 7th century. Usually, such constructions were dedicated to Shiva having the walls adorned with representations of Siva in various embodiments: some benign, some fierce and sanguinary, others victorious and regal.