::: The Travel Photographer :::: Stuart Freedman: The Idol Makers Photo © Stuart Freedman-All Rights Reserved "In Western art, few sculptors -other than perhaps Donatello or Rodin- have achieved the pure essence of sensuality so spectacularly evoked by the Chola sculptors, or achieved such a sense of celebration of the divine beauty of the human body.
Bronze Casting | India: Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance)
Arts / History & Culture : Priceless treasures of the Cholas As one looks at the bronze idols of Paruthiyur Rama, in speechless wonder, one recalls the observation of art critic Havell: “Indian art, soaring into the highest empyrean, is ever trying to bring down to earth something of the beauty of the things above.”How does one describe the beauty of the 10th century bronzes of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana at the Paruthyiur temple? Where does one begin? With Rama’s sharp nose, that gives Him a regal bearing? Or the designs on Sita’s bangles?
Arts / History & Culture : Priceless treasures of the Cholas
ASIA SOCIETY: THE COLLECTION IN CONTEXT Bronze Sculpture of the Chola Period The Cholas came to power in the late 9th century, and until the late 13th century, they ruled most of south India, Sri Lanka, the Maldive Islands, and even parts of the Indonesian island of Java from their homeland near Thanjavur (Tanjore) on the southeastern coast. They also maintained diplomatic ties with countries as distant as Burma (Myanmar), China, and Malaysia.
The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India
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Shiva as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, the most famous subject found in Chola processional bronzes The period of the imperial Cholas (c. 850 CE - 1250 CE) was an age of continuous improvement and refinement of the Dravidian art and architecture. They utilised their prodigious wealth earned through their extensive conquests in building long-lasting stone temples and exquisite bronze sculptures. Introduction The Cholas continued the temple building traditions of the Pallava dynasty, who were themselves influenced by the Amaravathi school of architecture. The Chola artists and artisans further drew their influences from other contemporary art and architectural schools and elevated the Dravidian temple design to greater heights. The Chola kings built numerous temples throughout their kingdom, which normally comprised the Cauvery plains, Central and Northern Tamil Nadu and at times the entire state of Tamilnadu as also adjoining parts of modern Karnataka and Andhrapradesh. Chola art