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Medieval Sculpture: Osian

Title:Medieval Sculpture: Osian
Author:Jayakar, Pupul
Enumeration:Vol. 12 Issue no. 2; March 1959, p. 54-59
Abstract:Osian (ancient Ukesa), 32 miles northwest of Jodhpur, is a tiny desert city of temples, with a pleasure palace for its early rulers. At the principal gates of the city capital stones and Prakrit inscriptions of the Gurjara Pratihara king Kakkuka have been found. Among the three small temples of Harihara -- possibly built by the Abhira kings in the late 7th or early 8th century CE -- is a panchayatana shrine with images of Harihara, "sala bhañjika" (women standing under a tree), Vishnu as Trivikrama and Dhyani Buddha, and a king and queen. The other two Harihara temples complement each other, with sculptures of Ganesha, Ganga and Jamuna, the Navagraha, Vishnu on Garuda, and two dance panels. The temples of Surya and Sachiya Mata and Mahavira project the ascendancy of new deities.

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