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N. Sivappa Album Cover with Shiva as the Destroyer of the Tree Cities of the Demon (Tripurantaka) India, Karanataka, Mysore, Sagar, c. 1875-1900 Sandalwood with silver fittings

"This exquisitely carved sandelwood album cover was probably made for an illustrated manuscript of a Hindu religious text. The album cover epitomizes the sophisticated sandelwood carving produced by the renowned families artists working in the Mysore region of southern India, which was regarded by contemporary art historians and critics as the finest wood carving in all of India. The primary panel of the intricately carved front cover depicts the Hindu god Shiva in his major iconic form of Tripurantaka, the Destroyer of the Three Cities of the Demons. The surrounding regeisters and the cover's spine are also deeply carved with additional Hindu mythological figures, animals, and foliate designs."
Date 11 March 2007, 18:33:49
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