Overview for Sculptural Art of Abaneri: A Paradigm
Abaneri is well known among the art historian and scholars for its magnificent art and architecture. Thus the temple of Harshatmata, originally dedicated to Vishnu, is in ruined condition but it represents haunting pristine glory of early Pratihara period (8-9 Century AD). Since the discovery, it was referred in several books and articles in very sporadic manner except in the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture. Now the time has came, the site needs reappraisal and detail study of art and architecture in holistic and put them before readers and scholars. This was the soul motto to prepare this comprehensive monograph, which deals in five chapters-introduction, architecture, art, iconography and a catalogue which are self contained. The book is suitably illustrated with plans and elevations of temple and baori to facilitate the readers. The catalogue contains the detail description of 258 sculptures and architectural members which are housed in the different museums of the state as well as on the site. A detail glossary of architectural and iconographic terms have also been provided in the book which caters to the need of young scholars and readers.
Rajendra Yadav (Author)
The author has obtained his Masterâ€™s Degree in Ancient Indian History and Culture from University of Lucknow in 1992 and Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi in 1996. After completing his Diploma, joined a project for â€œPreparation of Inventory of Centrally Protected Monumentsâ€ of Archaeological Survey of India and published inventories of Srinagar, Chandigarh and Delhi Circles while inventories of Vadodara and Jaipur Circles are in press. Author has joined ASI in 1999 as an Assistant Archaeologist and served at Delhi and Rajasthan. During his career he has actively participated in several excavations like Lalkot (U.T. Delhi), Dholavir (Gujarat), Paithan (Maharashtra), Raja Nal-ka-Tila, Bhita, Sankisa (U.P.), Dhalewan (Punjab) and Ojiyana (Rajasthan), etc. He has explored many areas of Rajasthan and reported several Prehistoric and Historical sites in districts of Jaisalmer, Baran & Bikaner. He has documented thousands of sculptures and many temples through out the state of Rajasthan. He has credited to published several articles and papers in different journals on art and architecture. He is presently working as Exploration and Excavation Officer in the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of Rajasthan, Jaipur.