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Art of Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization (In 4 Volumes)

Deo Prakash Sharma (Author)

Vol-1 : Introduction and Icons Vol-2: Terracotta Art Vol-3: Glyptic Art of Seal and Sealings Vol-4 : Jewellery


This book “Art of Sindhu Saraswati Civilization” is in four parts. First part covers stone, Bronze miniature figurines, part second is on Terracotta Art, Part third is on seals, Part fourth is on Jewellery. This book is pictorial documentation work of rare Art object of Sindhu Saraswati Civilization which are mostly in collection of India. U.K., Bostan (U.S.A.) and Pakistan. The Volume I is on Sindhu- Saraswati Art of stone, copper and miniature figurings. The most beautiful of all the figurines found at Mohenjodaro are two small figurines in of a dancing girl in bronze. The other rare bronze figurines are buffalos from Mohenjodaro and Bull from Kalibangan. This and other figurines of men, women animals, birds and toys were solid cast in bronze by the lost wax or cire Perdue method. There is a finely crafted small buffalo and model of a cart with wheels. There are also bronze mirrors, hairpins and pots and pans. The other huge bronze images of late mature Sindhu-Saraswati period (2000-1900 B.C.) are one chariot and three animals from Daimabad. The Volume II of this book is on Sindhu-Saraswati Terracotta Art. “The terracotta art includes human (male and female), animal and bird figures. This art is not always the handiwork of potters. The contribution of both, common man and the artist is also quite evident. The formative stage (8000-3700 B.C.) the terracotta art begins in North West South Asia at Mehrgarh and Bhirrana during the early Neolithic period 8000-3500 B.C. Crude baked clay terracotta figurines datable between 5000 to 3500 B.C. were reported from Sherikhan Tarakai, Bhirrana and Mehrgarh. The mature Sindhu-Saraswatis first urban stage (3000-1900 B.C.) begins a new era of terracotta art, produced a large variety of terracottas and in great quantities at urban sites like Dholavira, Banawali, Binjor, Rakhigarhi, Khiresara, Baror, Bhirrana, Lothal, Chanhudaro, Kalibangan, Nausharo, Nagwada, Harappa and Mohenjodaro.


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About the author

Deo Prakash Sharma

Deo Prakash Sharma is an Art Historian, Museologist and field Archaeologist participated in the excavations at Pangoraria, Mansar, Narmada Valley, Bhimbetka Chopani - Mando, Mehagarha, Koldihwa, Mahadaha, Sringaverpura and Bharadvaj Ashram. Besides, he did extensive exploration in the districts of Fatehpur, Pratapgarh and Allahabad in U.P. and in Sehor District in Madhya Pradesh. Anopther significant contribution of the author is the discovery of Menander (Posthumous) Brahmi inscription from Reh. During 1983-84 he was awarded Commonwealth scholarship and he meritoriously qualified M.A. (Archaeology) with specialization in Palaeolithic Archaeology of the world and Pre-history of South East Asia and Australia from the Institute of Archaeology, London. He participated in the excavations at Sussex under the team of Archaeologists of Institute of Archaeology, London and at Pincentvetn (France) under Prof. Gaurhan and Mark Newcomer, both world famous Rock-art specialist. In 1985 he joined as Dy. Keeper, Pre-History and Archaeology at National Museum, New Delhi. In 1993 he was promoted as Keeper Education in National Museum. At present he is the Head of the Harappan, Pre and Proto-history and Early Archaeology collection at National Museum, New Delhi. The author has published 122 papers and ten books of which a few are listed here, Early Buddhist Metal Images of South Asia; Indus script on its way to Decipherment; Harappan Seals, Sealings and Copper Tables; Harappan Art Vol. I; Harappan Terracottas; Harappan Jewellery; Pre-historic Indian and South East Asia (Press) and Harappan Archaeology (Press) and Archaeology of Lower doab.

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Bibliographic information

Title Art of Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization (In 4 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.07.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789391123505
length xxxv+1104p., Illustrations (Black and White, and Colour); 29 cm