The temples constructed over the
centuries boast of the sculptures, exhibiting the Indian artisans' talent.
The numerous sculptures on temple walls are all hewn out of hard rock &
last to date. Rock-cut architecture was perfected by the Buddhists, and
was followed by several Hindu rulers. The Pallavas excelled in this art
in the South of India.
The sculptures or idols in temples
are made of granite (if it is mula vigraham) & the Utsava murthis are
made of bronze & panchaloha. Apart from these, there are the huge Iyyanar
statues & horses which still exist in South Indian villages.
Terracota (clay figurines) is an
art in which various techniques are folowed by artisans in different parts
of India. Sculptures are also made in various other metals such as brass,
copper, white metal, glass, papier-mache, etc.