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Bull in Early Indian Art

Up to Sixth Century AD

The work deals with various aspects of the bull as reflected in Indian art and literature up to the sixth century ad. Perhaps the first effort to showcase the representation of the bull in ancient India, it examines the bull....read below

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The work deals with various aspects of the bull as reflected in Indian art and literature up to the sixth century ad. Perhaps the first effort to showcase the representation of the bull in ancient India, it examines the bull's domestication and migration, the Indian type of bulls, and the philosophical tenets associated with it and studies the importance attached to the bull's physical form and its psychological characteristics, its relation to the fertility cult and its usefulness as a domesticated animal as reflected in ancient Indian art.

It looks into the manner in which its significance was reinforced through art and the animal protected by associating it with religion -- Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina and folk. Dr. Bhogendra Jha goes in-depth into the mode of revering the bull in stone, clay, metal and colours through modelling, moulding and painting: its depiction in coins, seals and sealings, and terracottas, with reference to different historical and dynastic periods. He includes depiction of the bull in prehistoric art and its description in writings, and also compares the position of the bull in ancient world cultures -- of Egypt, Crete and Mesopotamia, for instance -- with its position in ancient India to broaden the scope of the study.

The book will be useful for researchers -- beginners and established scholars -- of early Indian art.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602553
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602557
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : xix, 191 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 59 Coloured illustrations, 95 B/w photographs, Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 700 gm

Foreword by Dr. T.K. Biswas   
Preface  
Acknowledgements 
Abbreviations
 
Introduction 

1. Bull in Prehistoric and Proto-Historic India 

Bull in Prehistoric Art 
Bull in Proto-Historic Art 

2. Bull in the Early Indian Literature 
3. Bull in the Early Indian Numismatic and Glyptic Art

Bull on Early Indian Coins 
Bull on Early Indian Seals Sealings

4. Bull in the Early Indian Terracotta

Mauryan Terracotta   
Kanada Terracottas 
Gupta Terracottas

5. Bull in Early Indian Stone Sculpture

Bull in Mauryan Sculptures 
Bull in Suiga Sculptures 
Bull in Kanada Sculptures 
Bull in Gupta Sculptures

Conclusion 
List of Illustrations 
Coloured Visuals  
Black & White Photographs  
Bibliography 
Index

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