#yaali or #vyala is a composite being that has the body of a lion and features of other animals such as elephants, crocodiles, snakes, and horses. The yaali embodies the characteristics of each of these animals – The yaali is usually represented as a ferocious. These are usually found on pillars of temples. This particular yaali would have either been a bracket figure or a processional figure, alongside the utsavamurti of the deity.#TamilNadu, #19thCentury
Eighteenth Century Columns from a courtyard house in Delhi have been repurposed to conceal the steel structure in this Lower Level Entertaining Room. Richly colored walls and terrazzo floor set off these carved wood features. Photo by George Dzharistos.