Khajuraho

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Architecture - 107 pages
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Celebrated for its majestic sculptures and temples built by the Chandella rulers between the tenth and twelfth centuries, Khajuraho is popularly linked with with erotic sculpture. Although the erotic images are powerful, they constitute less than one-tenth of the magnificent sculpture found there. This beautifully illustrated book provides a complete introduction to the world of the temples, including the history, patronage, court culture, iconography, and distinctive features of the sculptures and architecture. It also includes a new interpretation of the erotic figures, uncovering their deeper symbolism and questioning their immediate connection to the Kamasutra. Written for general readers and including tips for visitors, the book describes each of the twenty-two temples in detail and also discusses the newly excavated Bijamandala temple and the three museums at the site.

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Contents

Introduction
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PatronsThe Chandella Royal Family
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SculptureThemes and Meanings
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Devangana Desai is a Visiting Professor at Ananthacharya Indological Institute, Mumbai.

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