(Last Updated on : 28/02/2009)
The features of Pallava sculptures are identical to the Dravidian art and sculpture. It was during the reign of the Pallavas that the rock cut architecture was replaced by stone structures. The detailed sculptures and the colossal temples stand tall even today and bear testimony to the artistic wizardry of the age. The temples at Kanchipuram
are some of the finest examples of Pallava architecture. As far as sculpture and architecture are concerned they were mainly concentrated to religion. The sculptures were mainly carved out of granite that is considered one of the hardest rocks.
Inspite of being influenced by the Dravidian style the Pallava architecture and sculpture evolved its own set of features as well. the temples that were built have big forms, the anatomy of the sculpted figures were plain and simple, less ornamentation, elongated faces with large eyes, thick lips, double chin, broad nose and others were common features for the sculptures.
As far as the Pallava temple sculptures are concerned the figures of mythological gods and goddesses, elephants and warriors are found on the temple walls. The black coloured Goddess Kali as the destroyer is also seen. Besides these the image of Lord Shiva
is also a popular motif. The sculpture of Kailashanath temple
at Kanchipuram is a fine example to get acquainted with the features of Pallava sculptures and architecture. Apart from this there is the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram has also been built on the Pallava idiom. Pallava art also travelled to South East Asia. The features of this style are evident from the Temple of Angkor Vat in Cambodia.