(Last Updated on : 30/03/2012)
Central Indian temple sculpture has been primarily created out of stone. Some of the most beautiful pieces of sculpture are to be found engraved on stone. Whether it is the innovative rock sculpture or the massive temples, the central Indian sculptures stand out for their intricate designs and awe inspiring craftsmanship. The sculptures of the central Indian temples belong to the ancient era. Hence a lot of historical significance is also attached to these shrines.
The major highlight of the central Indian temple sculpture is the Khajuraho temples
. The sculptors have breathed life into the listless stones. The sculptures, whether erotic or religious, are perfect in shape and form. Though these sculptures are often termed erotic, the aestheticism in them remains undeniable. These temples were constructed between 10th or 11th centuries. Besides this the Deogarh Temple in Gwalior has been built following the style of Gupta architecture
The depiction of the boar incarnation delivering the earth became quite popular with Gupta artists. From Gupta dynasty onward several such figures have been discovered from Central India including the famous Udayagiri depiction. During later Gupta and early medieval periods Central India produced innumerable number of Varaha sculptures with distinguishing features. The iconographic representation of Varaha cult became much popular in the region of Central India. Right from 5th century A. D. to 12th century A. D. an overwhelming number of Varaha images are found from this area.
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