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Glass Crafts in Northern India

Alok Kumar Kanungo (Author)

Glass Crafts in Northern India is not only about beads and bangles and their production cycles, but also about one of the most important glass-craft clusters of the world. The evolution of technology and skills with regard to the making of the furnace and kiln over the centuries and invention of new methods for producing variety of beads are the essence of this volume. The archaeological community has reconstructed ancient cities with glass-making and/or glass-working workshops and has formulated many hypotheses about them, thereby recording ethnographically and visually a cluster of glass cities identical to those which existed millennia ago. When read in combination with the first volume of the trilogy on Indian glass, i.e. Mapping Indo-Pacific Beads vis-à-vis Papanaidupet, one gets a clear idea of what to expect in the archaeological field if the site was engaged with the production of glass beads and bangles. The volume discusses the history and context of research on Indian glass, drawing its data from ancient literature, archives, and ethnohistorical and archaeological sources.

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About the author

Alok Kumar Kanungo

Alok Kumar Kanungo, faculty at IIT Gandhinagar and adjunct faculty at Flinders University, specializes in archaeological and ethnographic studies of indigenous and ancient technology. Since the 2000s, Dr Kanungo has travelled and documented the rich heritage of the Nagas of north-east India, and the Bondos and Juangs of Odisha, both in the field and in museums across Europe and the United Kingdom. He has studied and published extensively on the subject of glass- making and working, and written or edited fifteen books and seventy research articles. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including Humboldt, Fulbright, British Academy, Homi Bhabha, SPARC, ICG and ICHR Fellowships. He has lectured in many universities and research institutes in the US, New Zealand, Europe, South-East Asia, besides India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Glass Crafts in Northern India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9355532644, 9789355532640
length 250p., Colour Plates; 29cm.