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Gods, Men and Women: Gender and Sexulity in Early Indian Art / Bawa, Seema
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Gods, Men and Women: Gender and Sexulity in Early Indian Art
Bawa, Seema
 
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  Book ID : 40833
  ISBN-10 : 81-246-0664-1 / 8124606641
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0664-3 / 9788124606643
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2013
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  xxiv, 416p., 268 Col. & B/W Plts., App., Bib., Index, 29 cm. (Perspective in Indian Art & Archaeology No. 12)
   
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CONTENTS:-
1. Gender and Art: Paradigms and Problematics
 Sex-Gender   
 Strisvabhava-Stridharma   
 Beautiful Women and Self-Controlled Men   
 The Body: Spiritual and Physical   
 The Body and Salvation   
 Nakedness    
 The Provocative Body   
 Fertility   
 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       
 Hariti   
 Matrikas       
 Shasthi       
 Naigamesha and Naigameshi       
 Malignant Goddess   
 Conclusions 
 
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    
 Yakshis   
 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   
 Apsarases   
 Ogresses/Yakshis
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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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