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Amulets and Pendants in Ancient Maharashtra (3rd c. BC to 3rd c. CE)

The book documents India's rich tradition of ornamentation as reflected in its numerous and varied collection of amulets and pendants recovered from archaeological excavations in Maharashtra. It studies the significance of ....read below

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The book documents India's rich tradition of ornamentation as reflected in its numerous and varied collection of amulets and pendants recovered from archaeological excavations in Maharashtra. It studies the significance of these ornaments as a visible expression of the artistic excellence and cultural wealth of the ancient Indian civilisation particularly at the time of the great Mauryan and Satvahana dynasties.

Discussing the evolution of these portable charms against their socio-economic and religious background, the authoress examines the different types of amulets and pendants excavated, the techniques used in making them, their parallels in literary and sculptural representations, and Buddhist influence on them. Giving insights into the sources of raw materials used in these charms, she takes up in detail the trade relations of a specific site with other contemporary sites.

With a number of figures and maps, the work promises to be useful to both scholars and students of Indology focussing on facets of Indian culture.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601587
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601585
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2000
  • Pages : xvii, 102 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 4 Folded maps; 12 Figures; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 250 gm

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Maps and Figures

1. Cultural and Historical Importance of Amulets and Pendants

The Social Importance of Amulets and Pendants
The Religious Importance of Amulets and Pendants
The Economic Importance of Amulets and Pendants
The Cultural Importance of Amulets and Pendants

2. The Technological Importance of Amulets and Pendants

Perforation
Polish
Mould
Drills

3. Excavations in Maharashtra : A Summary
4. Probable Sources of Raw Materials
5. Amulets and Pendants: A Typological Study

Pendants

Bud Pendants -- Club Pendants -- Conical Pendant -- Crescent-shaped Pendant -- Double-capped  Pendant -- Drop Pendants -- Mallet-shaped Pendant -- Rectangular Tabular Pendant -- Scabbard Pendant -- Shell Pendant -- Spacer Pendant -- Triangular Pendant -- Miscellaneous Pendants

Amulets

Amulets with Animals and their Components Representation

Bull Amulets -- Claw Amulet -- Fish Amulets -- Lion Amulets -- Makara Amulets -- Tortoise Amulets 

Amulets with Artifactual Representation
Human Body and its Components Represented as Amulets  

Eye Beads -- Human Figure Amulets -- Tooth Amulets -- Yaksha Amulets -- Casket-Shaped Amulet -- Conch-Shell Amulet -- Heart -Shaped Amulet -- Nandipada Amulets -- Pipal Leaf Amulets -- Stupa  Amulet --   Triratna  Amulets

Miscellaneous

6. Parallels and Interpretations 

Pendants

Bud Pendants -- Club Pendants -- Conical Pendants -- Crescent-shaped Pendants -- Drop Pendants -- Spacer Pendants

Amulets with Animals and their Components Representation

Bull Amulets -- Claw and Tooth  Amulets -- Fish Amulets -- Lion Amulets -- Makara Amulet -- Tortoise Amulets

Amulets with Artifactual Representation
Human Body and its Components Represented as Amulets

Eye Beads -- Human-Shaped Amulets

Amulets with Religious Symbols

Conch-shell Amulet -- Heart-shaped Amulet -- Nandipada  Amulet --  Pipal Leaf Amulet -- Triratna Amulets

Miscellaneous

Bibliography
Index

 

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