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Indian art

By: Dehejia, Vidya

Part of the Art & Ideas series
0714834963 / 9780714834962
Out of print
United Kingdom
22 cm 447p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
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This text looks at the role of art in the Indian subcontinent and then analyzes early art from the Indus civilization (2000 BC) to the time of Buddha (c.5000 BC).

The Mauryan emperor Ashoka (4th century BC), was an important player in the dissemination of Buddhism, using art to this end.

A stable economic base and the rise of a mercantile community were important in Buddhism's growth.

Inscriptions show that the contributions to pay for art came from housewives, householders, merchants, traders and a range of other "common" people.

The vibrant narrative tradition displayed in this art is analyzed.

The text goes on to examine the development of the Buddha image and the art of later esoteric Buddhism; the Islamic aesthetic; the art of the Mughal empire; the art and architecture of Rajasthan; and British imperial art and architecture.


1FKA India, AB The arts: general issues, ACBP Oriental art, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art, AM Architecture

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