Project Description

Temple Dancer

Temple dancers, or basavis, were a vital part of temple life during south India’s Vijayanagar Empire (1346 to 1540 CE). Having undergone ritual marriage to the gods, Basavi dedicated their lives to the worship of temple deities through dance, music and song, a role similar to that of devadasi in the earlier Chola era.

Basavi portrays a young woman checking herself in a mirror, in medieval south India a familiar pose for the sculpture of female mortals. Her garments and jewellery are heavy and ornate, reflecting the fashion of the Vijayanagar royal court.

Inquire about this beautiful, handmade, solid bronze, 18″ sculpture of a Vijayanagar temple dancer. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Shipping and insurance are free of charge. 

18 in / 46 cm
17.1 lb / 7.75 kg