Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures – a Photo Essay

 

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures

This week’s Thursday Challenge has the theme STYLE (Hair). I took this as an opportunity to share pictures of hairstyles of ancient times in India depicted through Indian sculptures. Several temples of India have sculpted images of women having long hair and different hairstyles.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures Hampi

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures Hampi 2

Both the above pictures are taken in temples of Hampi in Karnataka. I guess both are sculpted by the same the same sculptor as they have the same hair style.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures Hampi 2

Woman with very long hair from Hampi in Karnataka.

Women in ancient times maintained long hair which is evident from the numerous sculpted images in ancient temples. The above shot taken in Hampi, Karnataka is one such depiction. At the bottom corner you can see a little monkey pulling her long hair. The sculptor tried to induce some humor in work I guess.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures from museum in Hampi

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures from museum in Hampi

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures

This statues is completely dabbed with sandalwood paste. The hairstyle is completely camouflaged yet the outlines show some interesting pattern. There are other images which depict very elaborate and decorative headgear.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures from Patadakal

The figure below is one close shot of another hairstyle.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures. This is from Patadakal in Karnataka.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures from Patadakal2

In the image above, the sculptor has depicted the male figure supporting the fancy hairstyle while whispering sweet nothings as the female figure rests her hand on his shoulder.

Hairstyles in Ancient Indian Sculptures from Patadakal

Patadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site has some fantastic sculpted images of women with elaborate hairstyles.

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