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An Ethno-Archaeological View of Indian Terracottas

Vidula Jayaswal (Author) Kalyan Krishna (Author)

Significance for the use of graphic analogues to the i terpretation of the archaeological situations is well established for quite some time now. But this important line of inquiry has remained more or less unattempted in the studies of ancient Indian history. The present book- An Enthno-Archaeology View of Indian Terracottas (A Comparative study of the present and past terracotta traditions of Gangetic plains), successfully demonstrates the reliability of such a persuit for the interpretation of various aspects of ancient art & craft traditions. In order to have satisfactory grounds for discussions, extensive surveys of the - pottery and terracotta producing centres of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were under taken by the authors of the present book. The ethnographic informations thus, acquired have been incorporated in this book along with a consolidated account of the significant archaeological finds from the Gangetic plains, the area. which has the privilege to preserve the remains of occupational history of three thousand years. Comparison of the enthnological deductions with the archaeological parallels reveals some significant explanations and clues for the reconstruction of the historical craftsmanship of clay modelling, which have been presented for the first time. Besides laying the convention for the interpretative archaeology, the book also extends the scope of the studies of ancient crafts  much beyond mere identification of themes and some general observations on technique.

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About the authors

Vidula Jayaswal

Grand daughter of (Late) Dr. K.P. Jayaswal, Dr. Vidula Jayaswal is presently teaching and guiding research in Ancient Indian History in general and Archaeology in particular at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Dr. Jayaswal was selected by the Government of India under the National Scholarship Scheme to study abroad and received specialized training in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. She also served the Archaeological Survey of India. Author of eight books, five in English – Palaeohistory of India, Chopper-Chopping Component of Palaeolithic India, Kushana Clay Art, An Ethno Archaeological View of Indian Terracottas and Paisra: The Stone Settlement of Bhiar (last two in co-authorship) and three text books in Hindi-Bharatiya Itihas ke Adi Charan Ki Roop Rekha (Pura Prastar Yuga), Bharatiya Itihas Ka Madhya Prastar Yuga , and Bharatiya Itihas Ka Nav Prastar Yuga. She has also edited a proceeding of workshop which is published as Ancient Ceramics. Dr. Jayaswal has to her credit more than fifty research papers, which have been published in the proceedings of International Symposia and various publications of repute. Her noteworthy field investigations are excavations of prehistoric sites at Lahariandih in Mirzapur and Paisra in Munger districts and excavation of historical settlement at Bhitari, and, surveys of pottery and terracotta producing centres of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Her recent discovery of the Ancient Quarries of Asokan times and subsequent periods, near Chunar is a significant contribution to both Archaeology and History of Arts.

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Kalyan Krishna

Kalyan Krishna is Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), from where he obtained an M.A. in Art History. He also holds an M.A. in Museum practice from the university of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Mughal Painting of the Akbar Period from BHU. Dr. Krishna was formerly a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Syacuse, New York, and Curator at the Calico Museum of Textiles Ahmedabad. Among his publications are pigment Paintings on Cloth and Indan Costumes. Dr. Krishna is a follower of pushti Marg.

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Title An Ethno-Archaeological View of Indian Terracottas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2022
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 989392556128
length xiv+167., ills; Maps; 25cm.