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Relief Carvings on the Great Platform New Light on Hampi: Recent Research at Vijayanagara, edited by John M. Fritz and George Michell,

Title:Relief Carvings on the Great Platform New Light on Hampi: Recent Research at Vijayanagara, edited by John M. Fritz and George Michell,
Author:Dallapiccola, Anna L.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 53-1, p. 62-73
Abstract:One of the intriguing monuments at Vijayanagara is the Great Platform rising upon a natural elevation at the heart of the Royal Centre. It is locally known as Mahanavami Dibba, probably on the basis of the 16th-century accounts by Domingo Paes of the Mahanavami Festival, the precursor of construction, from the middle of the 14th to the middle of the 16th century. The complex iconographic programme focuses on royal life, hunting, parades, music, and dance, and the celebration of the Vasantotsava. Baffling is the total absence of sacred images, unusual in an Indian context, especially on a monument believed to be connected with a religious festival such as the Mahanavami.

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