Figure of a Shawa saint, Vijayanagar, XVIIth century


Period:Late Vijayanagar empire, XVIIth century



The empire of Vijayanagar was established in 1336 and rose to prominence to stand against islamic invasions by the end of the 13th century. Still the history of the kingdom is mostly a pacific and tolerant one. The empire is named after its capital city of Vijayanagara, whose impressive ruins surround modern Hampi, now a World Heritage Site.

It lasted until 1646 although its power declined after a major military defeat in 1565 by the Deccan sultanates.

This magnificient sculpture of a Hindu Saint, can be seen as one of the last production of a kingdom that created numerous artistic and architectural treasures.