Overview for Stone Sculpture in the Allahabad Museum (Volume II)
The Allahabad Museum has an impressive collection of Sunga, Gupta, late Gupta and early medieval period sculptural masterpieces discovered at different places around Allahabad. During the last twenty-five years a sizeable number of sculptures, mostly pertaining to the early medieval and medieval art styles have been added to the collection of the Museum. This catalogue represents a comprehensive selection of objects arranged chronologically from third through first century BC, first through third century AD, fourth through seventh century AD, and eighth through fourteenth century AD. These periods roughly correspond to the Maurya, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta and medieval periods of Indian history. It documents nearly 400 sculptures broadly classified sect-wise starting with various categories of Brahmanical gods and goddesses, followed by deities of the Buddhist and Jaina pantheons and terminating with secular and miscellaneous themes including architectural members. The introduction to the catalogue details the history of the collection, iconographical peculiarities of some images, chronological range and special traits of the various art centres and concerned art styles and reviews the aesthetics of the art specimens studied. This profusely illustrated catalogue will prove useful in studying not only the materials which constitute the history of Indian art but also Indian history itself.
Krishna Deva (Author)
Krishna Deva (1914-2001) after retirement as Director, Archaeological Survey of India was instrumental in bringing out several inventory volumes about sites and monument of India. He was the most eminent scholar of Indian art, achitectecture and archaeology. He conducted iconnograhphicaL and sculptural survey of the image in Nepal.He was Archaeological Advisor to his Majesty's Govt. in Nepal, Director Birla Academy of Art and Cultures, and for 12 years, as consultant to American Institute of Indian Studies, Varanasi for their project on Encyclopaedia of India Temple Achitecture. He was Editor of Journal of Indian Society of Oriental Art. His pioneering contribution in the Temples of India. He also wrote books on Images in Nepal. Report on vaishali Excavations and Temples of Khajuraho.
S D Trivedi (Author)
Dr. S.D. Trivedi, an alumnus of University of Allahabad, did his early schooling in Varanasi and advanced studies in U.K. He has taught at several universities in Canada & U.K. Now at 58, Dr. Trivedi spend most of his time in writing and guiding research scholars.