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Terracotta Human Figurines (In 2 Volumes)

Arundhati Banerji (Author)

The Central Antiquities Collection, Purana Qila has a large collection of excavated and explored antiquities from the sites located in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent (see Map), out of which terracotta forms representing the human figurines comprise the most interesting category. In this collection the examples of terracotta human forms are well represented dating from the early-Harappan times to the post Gupta period. Some scanty examples of later period are also available. The study of these human forms revealed that the tradition begins with the hand-modelled variety during the early Harappan and Harappan times, which gradually passes through changes in the form of partly modelled/partly moulded/single moulded variety during the Maurya Sunga periods and double-moulded variety of the Kushan-Gupta style of art. This book contains three chapters which begins with an introduction on the style, form, technique and previous work done (Chapter 1). The second Chapter gives brief archaeological background and chronology on each site mentioned in the last chapter (Chapter 3). The third chapter focuses on the description of the terracotta figurines available in the collection along with an extensive catalogue supported by a large number of photographs with a detailed description of each item as well as a map indicating the location of sites. The figurines are presented site-wise and are arranged in three parts, viz., the part one discusses the figurines from outside India; the second one consists of the sites within India; while the last one contains miscellaneous figurines from both outside and within India.

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About the author

Arundhati Banerji

Dr. Arundhati Banerji now a Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, joined the Archaeological Survey of India, for Post-graduate training in Archaeology (1972-73). Ever since she takes active interest and participation in all the branches of archaeology. Thought her keenness in the field of Epigraphy and Numismatics of early period, made her to pursue further studies in archaeology, she studied numerous antiquities preserved in different Museums and Central Antiquities Collection of the Survey. Her long association with the Survey, enabled her to study the stylistic evolution of various art forms particularly the terracottas. She was awarded Ph.D. (1990) for her work Terracotta Art of Northern and Western India from c. 2000-e00 B.C. Besides many research papers, she has also contributed articles for “An Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology (ed.) A. Ghosh. At present, she is assiduously working for a monograph Terracotta Art of India on which she has already contributed widely in many Research Journals. She has also traveled abroad in connection with the Festival of India, Paris.

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Title Terracotta Human Figurines (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789391123253
length 610p., Numerous Colour and black and White Plates, 29cm.