Ceiling slab from Huchchappaiyya Gudi temple
THE three-faced and four-armed magnificent image of Brahma is seated on a lotus pedestal surrounded by an array of rishis, saints and devotees. The devotees, seated near his feet and the sages from the clouds above, are offering him flowers and other objects held in their hands. They all wear matted locks and beards and a scanty piece of cloth tied at the waist to cover them.
His mount, the swan also faces him with a raised beak as if joining the group in adoration of Brahma. The adoring figures rhythmically converge into the central figure of Brahma seated erect in perfect poise and serenity. His usual emblems akshamala, shruva and kamandalu are held by him in his three hands, whereas the fourth one is in the varadamudra. He is adorned with beautiful and intricately carved ornaments including the mrigacharma on his left shoulder. The treatment of clouds is particularly imaginative and the artist has succeeded in creating a sense of dimension even in this low relief.
The panel is bordered with a floral scroll similar to that of the image of Sheshashayi, indicating that these two were probably placed in the same row.
7th century CE
Aihole, Bijapur District, Karnataka
125 x 220.5 cms.