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Early Sculptural Art in the Indian Coastlands

A Study in Cultural Transmission and Syncretism (300 BCE -- CE 500)

Scholars of early Indian art traditions have mostly viewed the coastlands as being marginal to the cultural efflorescences that happened in the interiors of the subcontinent. The classical schools of Indian sculptural art which blossomed at Ma....read below

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Scholars of early Indian art traditions have mostly viewed the coastlands as being marginal to the cultural efflorescences that happened in the interiors of the subcontinent. The classical schools of Indian sculptural art which blossomed at Mathura, Gandhara and Sarnath in the first half of the first millennium ce, have become axioms in the study of early Indian sculptural art. No discussion on early sculptural art can be complete without allusion to one or other of the schools. This work attempts to show that the coastlands, while influenced by the great schools of art, were nevertheless cultural melting pots in their own right, often transcending the art of the interiors. As staging areas of long distance maritime exchanges, the Indian coastlands have long mediated between the far civilizations of the Indian Ocean world (Egyptian, Arabian, Persian, East African and Southeast Asian) and the Indic cultural sphere. The coastlands are viewed as cross-cultural realms, places most conducive for absorption of new ideas and for syncretic manifestations. The discussions in the nine chapters cover a broad range of sculptural art created in the Indian littoral regions between 300 bce and ce 500. These include friezes in the rock cut caves of the Western and Eastern Ghats, decorated pillar capitals and free standing creations in stone and terracotta. Many of the observations are based on the author's fieldwork on the Indian coastlands.

  • Foreword By : S.P. Gupta
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604380
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460438X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xxix, 210 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 16 Maps, 66 b/w photographs, 48 coloured plates; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 650 gm

Foreword

-- S.P. Gupta

Preface   
Acknowledgement  
List of Maps, B/W Photographs and Colour Plates
Key to Transliteration

1. Introduction  
2. Epicentres of Early Indian Sculptural Art 
3. Routes of Transmission  
4. The Western Coastland 
5. The Southern Coastland  
6. The Eastern Coastland  
7. Spread of Art Overseas  
8. The Indianization of South-East Asia: A New Perspective   
9. Conclusion  

Figures & Colour Plates  
References   
Index
  

 

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