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Indian Jades

M L Nigam (Author)

The present treatise “Indian jades”, provides the most authentic and trustworthy account of the origin and development of Indian jade art. Earlier, there existed a good deal of controversy and confusion about the origin and development of the art of Indian jade carving.  It is believed that Indians first started producing jade specimens during the rule of the Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. Indians did not know jade as a raw material till the advent of Mughals in India. However, the present work proves that it will be incorrect to presume that Indians had not known the art of jade carving till the beginning of Mughal rule in India. Scant attention has been paid to contemporary literary works, such as manuscripts, historical records and travelogues which contain enormous information to supplement and strengthen our study.  The present book will be of great importance both to researches and scholars to know the origin, development of art of Indian jade carving.

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About the author

M L Nigam

Dr. M.L. Nigam, Director, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, has a distinguished career in the field of learning and scholarship. Born on August 3rd, 1933 at Banda in U.P., Dr. Nigam had a brilliant student career and obtained his M.A. in First Division from Lucknow University. He also took his Ph.D. from the same University in the year 1976. Dr. Nigam started his career as Asst. Professor in the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, Lucknow University. Later on he joined the State Museum, Lucknow in 1959. He was offered the Common Wealth Scholarship to pursue his higher studies in U.K. during 1962 to 1964. He obtained the Diploma in Museology (A.M.A.) from the Museums’ Association, U.K. in 1964. He was elected ‘Fellow of Royal Society, London’ in 1963. Dr. Nigam joined the Salar Jung Museum in 1964 as Deputy Keeper. He was appointed as Officer on Special Duty in 1967 to shift and rearrange the collections of Salar Jung Museum from its old building to the present premises. He was appointed as Keeper in 1969. He went on deputation as Director to organize Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad, in 1971. He has been working as Director, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad since 1975. Dr. Nigam has traveled extensively both in India and abroad to see various museums of international fame and to study their collections. He has written several important books on Indian Art and Culture and has also published more than 3 dozen articles in Indian and foreign journals. Besides, he has also been closely associated with various universities, museums and academic and cultural organizations, within the country.

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Title Indian Jades
Author M L Nigam
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.07.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383221264
length xxiv+96p., 35 col. Illustration., Appendix, Bibliography, Index 23cm.