History, Myth, and Maṭam in Southeast Indian Portraits





portrait, mural, Citamparam, green, maṭam, Tirupperuntuṟai


Portraiture emerged as a major interest in literature, sculpture, and painting in early modern southeastern India. While this may, on one hand, reflect an interest in historical documentation, it is also indicative of the wider significance of mimetic representation across the arts. Pursuing one avenue of implication, this essay elucidates the relationship between historical, mythic, and ideal representations of unique individuals through portraiture, focusing on the murals at the great temple of Citamparam.


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How to Cite

Seastrand, Anna Lise. 2022. “History, Myth, and Maṭam in Southeast Indian Portraits”. Cracow Indological Studies 24 (1):159-84. https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.24.2022.01.08.

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