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Gurjar Pratihar art

There are notable examples of architecture from the Gurjara-Pratihara era, including sculptures and carved panels. Their temples, constructed in an open pavilion style, were particularly impressive at Khajuraho.

The sculpture of the period shows the warriors wearing their long hair in a huge bun at the back of the head, loose or in varying hairstyles, elaborately done. They are mostly bare above the waist, with a cloth band tied horizontally across the chest and tied in a knot at the front. The swords are of various shapes and sizes. Axes, bows, maces and spears were also used. Armours and possibly helmets were used by elites.

This image was created during the rule of the Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty (8th century CE – 11th century CE) in ancient India. It is a fine specimen of the sculptural style that flourished in the period. It shows the Hindu god Vishnu in his dwarf (Vamana or Trivikrama) incarnation. / Photo by G41rn8, Wikimedia Commons
The stone Nataraj/Natesha murti, in “chatura pose with jatamakuta and trinetra” and almost four-feet-tall, is a rare depiction of Lord Shiva in the Prathihara style.
It is a rare sandstone idol.
It is originally from the Ghateswara Temple at Baroli, Rajasthan.