Wood or stone, which first?
In terms of materiality the issue of which architecture came prior to which has been an important debate more or less settling in favor of wood being first, of course, while ignoring mud entirely. In this panel the construction technique, order and elemental details of wood can be seen translated or used in stone. One can also see how the wooden rafters have been translated in the idiom of stone as seen in the overhangs of Hampi and Halibidu. The wooden (in secular architecture) and stone bands (in temple plinths) have been rather distinct as their symbolic purposes are different. This play of materials may not prove the precedence of material, however, the thematic recurrence of it shows that the craftsmen have noticed the phenomenon and have stylistically attempted it as part of the language development in whichever material; wood or stone they are using.