By Alexandra Van Der Geer
The paintings historical past 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 this present day and masking an exceptional number of motifs and imagery in numerous areas and non secular traditions. however, the variety of reviews dedicated to those animal sculptures has remained tremendous constrained. the current e-book goals at filling this data hole. With this richly illustrated booklet, the 1st of its sort, Van der Geer deals a comparative learn of the ways that a variety of animals were depicted and a lucid research of the sculptors' remedy in their "models": residing animals. The paintings historical past of sculptured animals is contextualized with an outline of using animals as might be learn from historic texts, archaeological facts and contemporaneous tradition. In doing so, parallels in addition to alterations standard 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 fortress structure to unfastened sculptures in museum collections.
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Kubera/Jambhala with jewel-spitting mongoose. Satna, Madhya Pradesh, 8th–early 11th century, sandstone. Indian Museum, 6499, Calcutta. Photograph: ASI, 1920–1940, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 359. Kubera with money bag instead of a mongoose. Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, 4th–6th century, sandstone. Archaeological Museum, Dd1, Sarnath. Photograph: ASI, 1910–1911, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 360. Kubera with money bag. Saheth-Maheth, Uttar Pradesh, 6th–8th century.
Stupa drum, Greater Gandhara, Pakistan, 1st–4th century, schist. Central Museum, 125, Lahore. Photograph: ASI, 1871–1897, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands Story of the Ram that Laughed and Wept. Panel C6 of the ayaka frieze, Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh, 3rd–4th century, limestone. Site Museum, Nagarjunkonda. Photograph: ASI SC, 1928–1930, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands Story of the Leather Garment on a coping stone from Bharhut, Madhya Pradesh, c. , sandstone.
Kamphorst 267. An elephant and its rider coming back from war. Architrave of the gateway to the Great Stupa, Sanchi, c. , sandstone. Photograph: courtesy Patrik M. Loeff 268. Panel with Mahabharata episodes on the northern wall of the main hall of the Kailashanatha temple or Cave 16, Ellora, Maharashtra, 8th–9th century, basalt. Photograph: courtesy Ken S. Wilson 269. Two temple plinths with series of war elephants, Karnataka. Above: Santinatha basti, Kadambahalli, 11th–mid 14th century. Below: Hoysaleshvara temple, Halebid, mid-12th century, soapstone.
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