By Alexandra Van Der Geer
The artwork background of South Asian covers a time span of approximately 4 and a part thousand years. in this interval, an enormous variety of animal stone sculptures has been produced, starting from the pre-historic interval until eventually at the present time and protecting an exceptional number of motifs and imagery in numerous areas and spiritual traditions. in spite of this, the variety of reports dedicated to those animal sculptures has remained super restricted. the current ebook goals at filling this information hole. With this richly illustrated publication, the 1st of its variety, Van der Geer bargains a comparative examine of the ways that a number of animals were depicted and a lucid research of the sculptors' therapy in their "models": residing animals. The artwork historical past of sculptured animals is contextualized with an outline of using animals as might be learn from historical texts, archaeological proof and contemporaneous tradition. In doing so, parallels in addition to changes fashionable or iconography are highlighted, elucidating the diversity of animal depictions throughout areas, spiritual contexts and during time. The corpus of mentioned fabric levels from Indus seals, stupa panels and railings, huge temples from North and South India, non-religious palace and citadel structure to unfastened sculptures in museum collections.
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402. 403. 404. 405. 406. 407. list of figures State Museum. Above, right: Patharpunja, Orissa, 10th century, black stone. State Archaeological Museum of Bengal, Calcutta. Photography © The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Below, left and right: British Museum, London UK, unknown origin and date. Photograph: British Museum, 1920–1940, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands Agni on his ram from Bangladesh or West Bengal, 10th century, black stone.
Indian Museum, Calcutta. Photograph: IO List 1900, 1028, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands Temple pillar illustrating the capturing of wild elephants in a nagavana (elephant forest). Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, c. 8th century, sandstone. Photograph: courtesy Rita Willaert Elephants Worship the Stupa. Lower architrave of the eastern gateway at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, c. , sandstone. Photograph: ASI, 1915–1925, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands list of figures xxxix 265. Story of Self-defeating Forethought on the Tripurantakeshvara temple at Belgavi, Karnataka, c.
Polished sandstone. Photograph: ASI NC, 1265, 1911– 1912, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 303. Two horse-riders on a corner of the eastern gateway, Bharhut, Madhya Pradesh, c. , sandstone. Indian Museum, Calcutta. Photograph: IO List 1900, 1062 and 1478, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 304. E. Photograph: ASC, 1910– 1911, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 305. Horse rider on a column. E. Archaeological Museum, DG 4, Sarnath. Photograph: ASI DGA, 462, 1906–1907, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 306.
Animals in Stone: Indian Mammals Sculptured Through Time (Handbook of Oriental Studies) by Alexandra Van Der Geer