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The Buddhist Art of Kausambi from 300 BC-AD 550

Aruna Tripathi (Author)
Synopsis One of the major centres of Buddhist art in ancient times, Kausambi provides evidence of an uninterrupted art tradition spanning centuries. Pointing to the scant attention Kausambi has received from scholars in the past, this work attempts to highlight its art treasures through a study of its stone sculptures. Based on scrutiny of stone sculptures found at various sites in Kausambi and its vicinity and housed in different museums, it presents perhaps the first extensive documentation of the Buddhist art of the region from the Mauryan to post-Gupta period. It examines in detail over 300 stone sculptures, paying special attention to their iconographic features, types of stone, techniques of carving, grinding and polishing and their aesthetic appeal. All this comes with a background throwing light on the history of Kausambi and its association with Buddhism, the early archaeological explorations in the region, and the individuality and uniqueness of Kausambi art as compared to Mathura and Sarnath schools. The book presents over 225 black-and-white and over 50 coloured photographs of Buddhist sculptures which are neatly classified and systematically analysed. It would prove invaluable to scholars and students of Buddhist art.
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About the author

Aruna Tripathi

Aruna Tripathi (nee Bhatt), belonging to a family of scholars and litterateurs of Allahabad, obtained her M.A. degree in Ancient Indian History and Culture from Lucknow University. Her childhood fascination for Kausambi took a concrete shape when she started working on the theme of the Buddhist art of Kausambi region.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Buddhist Art of Kausambi from 300 BC-AD 550
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124602263
length xxii+342p., Plates; Maps; Bibliographhy; Index; 29cm.