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4 - Sculptures of Deo-Parvat Temple and Inter-Asian Linkages

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Willow, First Floor

The archaeological site of Deo-Parvat is situated at Numaligarh in Golaghat District. First discovered by Major Godwin Austen in 1874 and explored by T. N Ramachandran in 1924-25, the temple is datable to 11th- 12th century C.E. The temple is embellished with sculptures and the whole site is scattered with sculpted remains of temple components. The themes of art portrayed at this site reveal friezes depicting stories of Epics and Puranas. Some of the motifs at the site indicate similarities with the art of Ellora. On the other hand, a close study of these sculptural remains indicates similarity with South- Asian Art motifs and style.  The present paper aims to make a comparative study of these traditions of art and trace the roots of cultural exchanges. The thrust is on looking for the possibilities of the movement of ideas, beliefs, and traditions along trade networks running through land routes to mainland Southeast Asia. We seek to understand the status of the site of Deo-Parvat as a place of worship within this context. 

Deepi Rekha Kouli

Directorate of Archaeology, Government of Assam, India

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