The style and grandeur of the Hoysala period remain unequalled in other eras of Indian aesthetics. The Devi Varahi murti that you see on this page is a fine example of the art that flourished in present-day Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries under the patronage of the Hoysala dynasty rulers.
Neat, angular lines making up the framework. Sharp, symmetrical curves of the silhouette. The inimitable colour of superior bronze medium, the staple of traditional South Indian sculpture. The wide variety of implements in Devi Varahi’s hands are in keeping with the traditional Hindu Devi iconography (most of them are weapons), as well as Her divine relationship with Lord Varaha, a Vishnuavatara (shankha va chakra in the posteriormost hands).
The bronze medium has been sculpted with remarkable attention to detail, eg the lifelike folds of Devi Varahi’s saree. Its hems lower over a moderately high upturned lotus throne, which in turn is placed on an engraved quadrilateral plinth.
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