An Analysis of Political Power through Royal Iconography

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Nalini Rao


Images of kings on traditional Indian architecture has been a neglected area of study. This paper aims to analyze royal images in the city of Vijayanagar and what they reveal about the interaction between political and religious powers. I contend that royalist iconography confirms and substantiates various aspects of political power and kingly traditions that demonstrates ways in which the king combined political authority and religious duty. It reveals the structure and dynamics of authority in new ways and forms in the kingdom of Vijayanagara.1

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Rao, N. (2019). An Analysis of Political Power through Royal Iconography. International Journal for Indian Studies, 4(1), 159-182. Retrieved from