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The Inaugural Usha Subrahmanyam Memorial LectureTemples of Medieval Deccan India

Date and Time

Friday, June 17, 2022

5–6 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

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George Michell, independent scholar, traveler, and author

The Deccan plateau of peninsular India witnessed an unparalleled efflorescence in sacred Hindu and Jain architecture and art in the medieval age. Temples dedicated to Brahmanical deities and Jain saviors testify to the remarkable skills of the architects, masons, and sculptors responsible for these spectacular monuments. This lecture focuses on the greatest religious monuments of this tradition, from the 8th-century Chalukya temples at Pattadakal to those built by the 12th-century Hoysala rulers at Halebid and Belur. Illustrated with glorious images from his book, Temples of Deccan India: Hindu and Jain, 7th to 13th Centuries, scholar George Michell discusses temples still in active worship as well as more remote sites rarely visited by travelers.

Free with Museum admission, though advance registration is required. Please note: Space is limited; first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee admission once the lecture hall reaches capacity.

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This lecture is made possible by the family of Usha Subrahmanyam.

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Celestial Musician (Gandharva) (detail), 11th century. India (Karnataka, possibly Dharwar). Slate, H. 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, in honor of Philippe de Montebello, 2008 (2008.537)


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