Sunday, April 16, 2006

A.I.C. - Harihara

I was walking past this temple niche for Shiva/Vishnu from Madhya Pradesh -- and time stopped.

It wasn't the central figure -- which seemed no more than formulaic -- but the figures on the side -- as they caught the late afternoon sun -- and created an empty space between them that never left the 9th Century.

I'm doubting that photos can convey that delicious sense of space -- but here's another, slightly different view that might help reconstruct the volumes in the imagination.

The thing about deep relief is that it bites into -- includes -- the space of the room -- the space also inhabited by the viewer --- so a viewer so inclined, can become immersed in the mind of the sculptor -- which in this case -- moved ever-ever-so-slowly-and-carefully -- weighing, turning, composing every volume, every nuance.

Here's the rest of the piece (maybe the presence of Shiva/Vishnu was too powerful for me to want to photograph it the first time around)


Blogger LEAVES said...

normalyy , the smaller figures in a 'collage of statues' like the one you have photographed ,the bigger figures are the important gods/godessesses and/or heroes/heroines.
the smaller ones normally are .. let's say ......the minions.

'hari' and 'hara' are the gods of 'life' and 'destruction' according to hindu mythology. they are the big bosses of the universe.
not the small-sized door-keepers.

but .. this information should not take away the impact the sunlight's angle has made on your mind.


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