- Publisher: South Asia Books
- Available in: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-9991122359
- Published: September 16, 1991
A study of religious and secular sculptures in twenty-seven Saivite and Vaishnavite temples built by various dynasties (Eastern Gangas, Eastern Chalukyas and Kakatiyas) in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh between the 8thand 14th centuries. By scrutinizing the details of dress, coiffure and ornamentation that figured in the decoration of sculptured male and female figures carved into the walls of these temples, I assessed the social values that were expressed through material culture. I noted how the various dynasties exercising their hegemony over this region brought their own artists and architects who, in turn, established their own genres of creativity. By way of conclusion, I discussed how the study of the forms and designs of costume, coiffure and ornamentation lays bare the layers of cultural impacts that worked to produce the art forms of a particular time and place. And, as such, how the body was adorned in these sculptures comprises an accurate index reflecting not only general socio-economic hierarchy but also socio-cultural and religious values including beauty, vanity and divinity.