Sculpture in Progress

Work in Progress
Work in Progress

This was a panel from the Hoysala temple at Halebidu temple in Karnataka, India. The temple was built in the early part of the 12th century and is completely adorned with intricate sculpture on every inch of its surface. Surprisingly we found one panel on the outer walls of the temple that had not yet been completed. It was almost as if the sculptor had left it unfinished so we could see how these sculptures were actually shaped. In the photograph, we see an almost complete outline of a musician in the centre. I guess the sculptor would have chiseled along this line to make the features pop out. To the left you see a fainter outline and to the right you see a fairly strong outline of the head of the next musician. We’ll never know why this was left unfinished but at least it’s a great insight into how these things took shape.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    That is interesting!

  2. Nirmala says:

    Very interesting indeed!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes it is

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