The Buddhist Art of Kausambi (From 300 BC to AD 550)
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Book ID : 17787
ISBN-10 : 81-246-0226-3 / 8124602263
ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0226-3 / 9788124602263
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
With a Foreword by G.C. Pande and an Introduction by S.P. Gupta; xxii, 342p., 54 Col. & 322 B/W Illus., Abb., 2 Maps, Bib., Index, 29 cm. (Emerging Perceptions in Buddhist Studies No.17)
CONTENTS:- I. Backdrop. II. History of Kausambi. III. Buddhism in Kausambi. IV. Eearly Archaeological, Explorations and Excavations at Kausambi. V. Sculptures from Kausambi: Documentation. VI. Sculptures from Kausambi: An Appraisal. VII. Stone and Stone Carving: A Study of Types and Techniques. VIII. Summary and Conclusions.
One of the major centres of Buddhist art in anciant times, Kausambi provides evidence of an uninterrupted art tradition spanning centuries. Pointing to the scant attention Kausambi has recived from scholars in the past, this work attempts to highlights its art treasure through a dtudy of its stone sculptures. Based on scrutiny of stone sculptures found at various sites in Kausambi and it vicinity and housed in different museums, its presents perhaps the first extensive documentation of the Buddhist art of region from the Mauryan to post-Gupta period. It examines in detail over 300 stone sculptures, paying special attention to their iconographic features, types of stone, techniques of carving, grinding and polishing and their aesthetic appeal. All this comes with a background throwing light on the history of Kausambi and its association with Buddhism, the early archaeological explorations in the region and the individuality and uniqueness of Kausambi art as compared to Mathura and sarnath schools. The book presents over 225 black-and-white and ovre 50color photos of buddhist sculptures which are neatly classified and systamatically analysed. It would prove invaluable to scholares and student of Buddhist art.