Gods, Men and Women...
Gods, Men and WomenGender and Sexuality in Early Indian Art by: Seema Bawa
The book explores the ancient Indian art from the perspective of gender and 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 yakshis, ogresses and others by giving insights into the intention, agency and patronage patterns in early Indian art.
Year Of Publication: 2013
Pages : xxiv, 416p.
Bibliographic Details : 268 coloured & b/w photos; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
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.
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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
From Aditi/Lakshmi to Dugdhadharini
3. Mothers: Child Producers, Child Rearers and Protectors
Mayadevi: Buddhas Mother
Naigamesha and Naigameshi
4. Lovers, Married Couples and Wives
The Ubiquitous Couple
Meanings and Interpretations
Married Couple: Dampati
A Specific Couple: Sundari and Nanda
Wives in Narrative Episodes
5. The Non-Wives : Nuns and Prostitutes
The Nun and the Prostitute
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. Maras Daughters, Apsarases and Ogresses: Strategies of Evil, Seduction and Temptation
Maras Daughters and the Temptation of Buddha