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  • Gods, Men and Women

Gods, Men and Women

Gender and Sexuality in Early Indian Art below

About This Book

The book is an exploration of ancient Indian art from the perspective of gender. It focuses on the period from 181 bce to ce 320 — a period of great turmoil in the politico-economic, socio-cultural and religious spheres that gave rise to contesting ideologies and gender complexities in ancient India. It delves into the development of engendered representation in art, with the emergence of aesthetic and sexual archetypes and stereotypes of women: goddesses, mothers, wives, nuns, semi-divine yaksis, ogresses and others. It examines the nature of the stereotypes and archetypes that were constructed on the basis of gender roles rather than on sex and how these were reflected by various attributes of the representations — nudity or its absence, ornamentation, gestures, direction of gaze and context. It gives interesting insights into the intention, agency and patronage patterns in early Indian art. 

The volume with its scholarly approach, providing fresh insights into early Indian art, will prove useful to scholars, students and researchers of Indian art and history alongwith the cognoscenti.

  • Binding: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606643
  • Edition : 1st
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xxiv, 416p.
  • Size : 29
  • Series Number : 12
  • Series Name : Perspectives in Indian Art and Archaeology
  • Weight (approx.) : 2150
  • Bibliographic Details : 268 coloured & b/w photos; Bibliography; Index

This series covers studies on *Sculptures: Stone, Bronze *Monuments *Museum Catalogues *Iconography *Antiquities *Caves and Forts *Historical Places, Palaces and Edifices *Temple Sites *Various Schools of Art *History of Art: Mauryan Period, Sunga Period, Kusana Period, Gupta Period,  Medieval Period *Symbols *Idols and Images *Iconometry *Attributes and Objects of Icons *Mudras *Asanas *Vahanas *Hindu Deities: Gods, Goddesses, Matrkas, Their Different Forms *Monuments *Iconology, and Other Related Aspects.

Key to Transliteration
List of Plates
1. Gender and Art : Paradigms and Problematics
Beautiful Women and Self-Controlled Men
The Body: Spiritual and Physical
The Body and Salvation
The Provocative Body
Time, Transformation and the Image
2. The Essential, Reproductive Woman
Lajja Gauri
From Aditi/Lakshmi to Dugdhadharini
3. Mothers: Child Producers, Child Rearers and Protectors
Mayadevi: Buddha’s Mother
Naigamesha and Naigameshi
Malignant Goddess
4. Lovers, Married Couples and Wives
The Ubiquitous Couple
Sculptural Traditions
Meanings and Interpretations
Married Couple: Dampati
A Specific Couple: Sundari and Nanda
Wives in Narrative Episodes
Bad Wives
Good Wives
5. The Non-Wives : Nuns and Prostitutes
The Nun and the Prostitute
The Nun
Courtesan Ganika
6. Yakshi-Shalabhanjika: Cultic and Architectural Motif
Yaksha: Nature and Worship
Shalabhanjika and the Dohada Imagery
Context: Architectural Elements
Shalabhanjika and Eroticism
Fertility, Fertilisation and the Feminine
7. Mara’s Daughters, Apsarases and Ogresses: Strategies of Evil, Seduction and Temptation
Mara’s Daughters and the Temptation of Buddha

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