AT DISTANCES APART
Case I :
Case I :
'Veenadhara Siva'. Brahmeswar temple. Bhubaneswar.
'Veenadhara Siva'. Pratepswar temple.Kalna.
I start with Veenadhara Siva - one his famous 'Dakshina murti' manifestations. Siva faced the south when he taught music,yoga and philosophy - hence is the name for this manifestation . The wall-relief at the top is from Raja Rani temple (11th century AD), Bhubaneswar. any other The only 'Dakshina murti' in West Bengal's terra cotta temples I have noticed is the one above from Pratapeswar temple (around 1850AD), Kalna, The difference in time span is noticeable in this case - 800 years !
Case II :
The 2nd case is a puzzle to me. I read somewhere that the posture of reclining Vishnu of Deogarh, UP has a similarity to that of Endymion . I searched for both and - Yes! , the similarity is evident. The right legs in both the sculptures are bent almost identically and the left ones are straight or nearly so.In a way, right hands of Vishnu and Endymion have similarity too !
This Reclining Endymion is from Gustav III Museum of Stockholm.
It must be quite a favourite of the authorities & public since it appeared on the face of a stamp of Sweden.
Reportedly, this is a 2nd century AD Roman copy of a Greek statue . "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever..' is opening line of Keats' poem 'Endymion'.
( Source - Internet)
'Anantesayane Vishnu'. Degarh,UP.6th century AD.
(Source - Internet)
I have no idea as to how the posture of a Greek sculpture could influence that in Deogarh temple, which are 3-5 centuries and thousands of miles apart. If anyone can throw some light on it , I shall welcome the same.
Case III :
Vishnu-Krsna - Hazara-Rama temple,Hampi.
Krsna-Rama-ChaitanyaDev - RadheShyam temple,Bishnupur.
Note - This is plaster work on red laterite stone.There are terra cotta adaptations in several temples.
Composites and grotesque in our temples offer other areas of having such comparisons. Conversely, when one starts comparing one visual with another with identical theme, marked dissimilarities can also be a point to note with interest. More such photos and discussions to follow.