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Bharhut Sculptures

R C Sharma (Author)

The monograph introduces the remains of a legendry stupa of the Sunga period (2nd century B.C.), which once stood near the village Bharhut in Madhya Pradesh. Since 1876 these antiquarian gems are the prized possession of the Indian Museum, Calcutta. The author in his capacity as Director of that museum had the opportunity to study them afresh and reassess their cultural and artistic merits. The renowned scholar Dr. Mulk Raj Anand in his capacity as 'Visitor' to the Museum suggested to bring out a handy pictorial companion which could be useful to the visitors to the Museum as well as lovers of early Indian art.

The book gives a lucid introduction besides several interesting interpretations about the concept and significance of stupa tradition and particularly the socio-religious and artist role played by this grand edifice in the pre-and post-Christian centuries.

Important sculptures have been adequately described and projected through colour and black and white illustrations.

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About the author

R C Sharma

Prof. R.C. Sharma headed important Museums of the country like Government Museum, Mathura; State Museum, Lucknow; Indian Museum,, Kolkata and finally, the Natioinal Museum, New Delhi as the Director-General and Vice-Chancellor, National Museum Institute. He also served the Banaras Hindu University as the Director, Bharat Kala Bhavan and Professor of Indian art and Museology. Presently, he is the Honorary Director / Acharya of Jnana-Pravaha – Centre for Cultural Studies, Varanasi. Beside authoring several books and editing journals and bulletins in the field of Early Indian Art, he has contributed a large number of papers published in the journals in India and abroad.

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Title Bharhut Sculptures
Author R C Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1994
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173086
length 52p., Colour Illustrations 14; B/W Illustrations 2;11.0" X 8.7"