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Sanchi: Monumental Legacy

M.K. Dhavalikar (Author)

The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi were built over a period of 1400 years, from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. Apart from the impressive stupas, this important site - visited by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims each year - includes magnificent carved gateways, a famed Ashokan pillar, and various monasteries and temples.

The book begins with a succinct overview of Sanchi's historical background, also tracing the life and works of the Buddha and the evolution of his religion. The author then takes the reader on a tour of the site, his erudite commentary highlighting the architectural and artistic significance of various features of the monuments. This detailed description is brought to life using numerous plans, maps and photographs, making the book invaluable to all visitors to Sanchi

Written by a leading expert in Indian archaeological history, this accessible and readable book will be welcomed by archaeologists and art historians, as well as general readers and informed tourists interested in India's most famous Buddhist monuments.

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About the author

M.K. Dhavalikar

Professor Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (b 1930) studied archaeology at Deccan College, University of Pune. After serving Archaeological Survey of India (1953-65), joined Nagpur University (1975-76) and was later Professor of Archaeology and Director, Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute (now a Deemed Univeristy) Pune, up to 1990. He carried out several excavations of protohistoric sites such a Kayatha, Inamgaon, Somnath and Kuntasi. He was President, Indian Archaeological Society, 1986, and is President, Indian History Congress, 1999. Environment and Culture: A Historical Perspective (2002), and Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology, vol. III (in press), besides excavation reports.

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Title Sanchi: Monumental Legacy
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195675908
length 133p., B/W Illustrations 63; Maps; Plans; 8.3" X 5.5"