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Amaravati Stupa (In 2 Volumes)

Anamika Roy (Author)
Synopsis The book presents individual studies of the epigraphy, architecture and the sculpture of the Amaravati stupa followed by a comparative study of the evidence provided by each aspect. The epigraphic study throws light on the foundation of the stupa and its chronological development thereafter to become a Mahastupa. A comparative analysis of inscriptions from Bharhut to Sri Lanka provides us an insight into the circumstances which led to the development of the script. This study has tried to understand the nature and causes of the development of the mature and late Amaravati styles, when the art flourished independently. The book suggests that besides such features as an aesthetic urge, political stability, Indo-Roman trade and socio-economic circumstances, different sects of Buddhism made a substantial contribution towards this artistic flowering. It traces the different stages of growth of the stupa and also provides an analysis of their relationship to subsequent embellishment with relief sculptures and inscriptions. It also presents and analysis of some distinct architectural features of the Mahacaitya. The conclusion is based on the testimony of all three aspects. It analyses what may have been the reason for harmony, disharmony, embellishment and modification through the ages. The book also provides a list of the inscriptions scattered in the different museums alongwith their museum numbers with a reference to the previous publications. The plates appended to the work are reproductions of the museum objects some of which had not been noticed earlier.
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About the author

Anamika Roy

The author Dr. Anamika Roy comes from family of renowned indologists. She has had an outstanding academic career and has to her credit more than a dozen medals including Chancellor's bronze, silver and gold medals for the best all-rounder student of Allahabad University. She did her D. Phil on epigraphy from the University of Allahabad. Later she was sponsored by the Association of the Commonwealth Universities for a doctoral programme at Cambridge University. She was awarded Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991 on her work on Amaravati Stupa. She is a fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, London and currently she is teaching in the Department of Ancient History, Culture & Archaeology at Allahabad University. Dr. Roy has contributed a good number of research papers to various reputed Journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Amaravati Stupa (In 2 Volumes)
Author Anamika Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173200165
length 250p., Illustrations; 29cm.