Plate 8: Tripurantaka

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[Full title: Tripurantaka, Vijayanagara, Hampi, 15th century]

This plate depcits the incarnations of Viṣṇu. Here are the representations of Śiva as Tripurāntaka and Madanāntaka. These are particularly interesting; as they are specially characteristic of a new concept and its execution, constituting, as it were, a Vijayanagara style, so different from early Pallava or Chola that present the theme in so different a way, as can be seen in the magnificent sculpture of Tripurāntaka at Ellora and Madanāntaka at Gaṅgaikoṇḍacholapuram [gaṅgaikoṇḍacolapura] and even at Dārāsuram [Dārāsura] a century later [...].

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This plate is contained in the book “Vijayanagara Paintings”, a valuable aid to the understanding of Indian iconography (also known as śilpaśāstra). The Vijayanagara empire was established in 1335 by Harihara, Harihara, Kaṃpa and Bukka (sons of Saṅgama) and grew to be a dominant power in the South. Painting has been considered in the Citrasūtra of the Viṣṇudharmottara, the early standard text on painting, as the premier art.

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