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Shilabalika niche 2

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Chennakeshava Temple, Belur, Karnataka, India

11th-13th c. AD

The outer wall of the Chennakeshava Temple has tiers of minute sculptures consisting of rows of elephants, lion faces, creepers, ornamental frieze, dancers/Shilabalikas in small niches, female sculptures in between the pillars, and episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Shilabalika is a standard decorative element of Indian sculpture depicting in stone a young female under a stylized tree in various poses.


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