Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Madanike hunting a bird

Madanike hunting a bird - A bracket figure mounterd on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Madanike hunting a bird

Madanike hunting a bird
This madanike is seen pointing the bow upwards as though she is aiming at a bird. The arrow is missing.

As with the other bracket figures, the background is a finely carved creeper. The base on which the dancer stands has an inscription written in the Halegannada (Old Kannada) script describing the sculptor – inscribed most likely by the sculptor himself.

There are 38 bracket figures mounted on the pillars attached to the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga (the front portion of the temple). Each of these bracket figures is attached to a bracket placed at an angle just below the eaves of the temple, and its base is mounted on a pedestal that is attached to the side of a pillar just below its capital.

This madanike is on the south side mounted on the third section of the exterior wall. She is figure number 7 in the Navaranga layout

Other Madanikes (also known as Shilābālikes)
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhashini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi

Male Bracket Figures
Flute playing male musician
Narthaka – Davane playing male dancer
Davane playing male musician

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art

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