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Masterpieces of Madhya Pradesh

O.P. Misra (Author) Pankaj Rag (Author)
Synopsis “Masterpieces of Madhya Pradesh” is an attempt to present some of the best sculptural pieces of the land before you. From the days of the folk based artistic endeavours under the Sungas to the classicist Guptas, and the subsequent changes and continuities in in theme and decoration under the Pratiharas, Kalachuris, Paramaras, Chandelas and Kachhapaghatas as the feudal society with its distinctive social codes, beliefs and behavioral styles developed, the journey of the sculptural art has been described in a chronological sequence. A mere description of the art pieces has not been our objective, rather an attempt has been made to situate the art forms under a particular dynasty within the socio-economic and political context of the times. Thus changes in the pattern and style of patronage, the opulence and ostentatious pleasure seeking culture of feudal society, the increasing popularity of Vaishnavism and Shaivism and decline and absorption of Buddhism within the Hindu pantheon, the increasing importance of Shakti cult and tantricism in certain regions have all formed the structural context within which art styles under particular dynasties developed its idioms and norms. Along with the place of acquisition of the particular sculpture, its present location has also been given to help students and research scholars.
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About the author

O.P. Misra

Dr. Om Prakash Misra (b. 1954) M.A. in Ancient Indian History culture and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University, did his P.G. diploma in Museology from Bhopal University and obtained Doctorate from the same University in 1984. He had the privilege of working in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. He also participated in excavations at Besnagar, Veerapuram, Dangawoda, Nandur, Piplyalorka, Atudkhas, Sarangpur, Ninnore and kalyanpura. He is the author of Mothergodderse, in Central India, (1985), Iconography of the Saptamatrikas. As associate Editor Puratan Vol. 6,7,8,9,10 & 11 of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. Other Edited books in which he was associated are Dangawada Excavations Art of the Kalachuris, shaiva Catalogue, Khojuraha in perspectives, Bounteous Tree Treasure of Idian Art and Culture, etc. He is a member of many learned societies and is a fellow of Royal Asiatic Society of London. At present Dr. Misra is holding the charge of Epigraphist in the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal.

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Title Masterpieces of Madhya Pradesh
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length vi+98p., Plates; Bibliography; Glossary; 26cm.