The book begins with an introduction on the prehistoric and proto-historic cultures of India. Well-known historians discuss human evolution as gathered from hominid fossil remains, pre-human hominid remains of the Siwaliks and fossil remains of the Narmada basin. The systematic study, mentioning the areas of finds and their geography and other characteristics, examines the nature of cultural relics belonging to each period and dynastic rule; agriculture, trade, settlement and migration patterns related to making, use and spread of art materials; how the finds reflect upon rise of craft and industrial centers at the time; and social and religious aspects of society that are revealed by the art and architecture of the periods. Importantly, it reveals the interchange of cultural thoughts and lifestyles and of art and architectural influences; and the synthesis of artistic style and materials as evident in especially the periods of Muslim rule in India.
The book also features fossil finds, art and architectural materials pertaining to painting, pottery, sculpture and iconography, and literary materials like Persian documents housed in the Indraprastha Museum of Art and Archaeology, New Delhi. The materials date from the stone ages, Indus-Saraswati Civilization and Chalcolithic period to what are commonly identified as the ancient medieval and modern periods of Indian history.
The volume will be useful to scholars and students of various disciplines -- history, archeology, art and culture, and sociology.
Binding: : Hardbound
13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602539
10 Digit ISBN : 8124602530
Edition : 1st edition
Year : 2003
Pages : x, 129 p.
Size : 29
Weight (approx.) : 800
Bibliographic Details : 16 Coloured plates; Several line drawings and maps; Bibliography; Index
Stages of Pre-Human Evolution
Stages of Human Evolution
Pleistocene Mammalian Fossils
Indian Art History -- A Model
Palaeolithic Period or Old Stone Age
Neolithic Period or New Stone Age
The Indus-Saraswati Civilization
Early Historical Period
Medieval Art and Persian Documents
Late Medieval Art
Handlist of Select Antiquities in the Indraprastha Museum of Art and Archaeology