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Fountain Stone Slabs of Chamba

S M Sethi (Author) Hari Chauhan (Author)
Synopsis The fountain stone slabs of Chamba present a strange and unique chapter in the history of Indian Art. For nowhere else they are found in such large number near the fountain and the springs and nowhere else they are decorated with such motifs as drawn from Early Buddhist as well as from the classical and medieval art of India. Thematically the fountain stone slabs of Chamba may commemorate the dead but geographically they mark the holly site of water. The marking of the site with the fountain stone slab indicate that it is dedicated to a higher presence. The worship of water places was prevalent since the Rig-Vedic time and water was considered a tabgible manifestation of the cosmos. The scholars hitherto have referred to the fountain stone slabs in passim only often dwelling on their inscriptional part either as a help to build up a chronology of the Rajas of Chamba or to prove or disprove a particular point in history or the subject of their study. This book attempts to take the less traveled path and endeavors to trace their origin, history, meaning and significance. It is hoped that the scholars and the students of the Indian Art will find this little book very stimulating and at the same time a welcome addition to the existing studies on the subject.
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About the authors

S M Sethi

S.M. Sethi, (M.A.L.L.B.), Former Curator, Himachal State Museum Shimla, Bhuri Singh Museum Chamba and also worked as Registering Officer (Archaeology). Published books: Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Bhuri singh Museum Chamba, Catalogue of stone sculptures in the Museums of Himachal Pradesh, Monuments of Himachal Pradesh (Contributing Author), Musical Instruments of Chamba (Co-Author). He has numerous articles and research paper on art, History and Culture of Western Himalayan region to his credit. During his services in the Museums and Archaeology he undertook several exploration to the far flung area of Himachal Pradesh.

Hari Chauhan

M.A. Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology. Fundamental courses in Indian Numismatics from IIRNS, Nasik. Presently working as Curator, Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba. He has contributed several research papers in Art journals and Magazines of National and International fame. Awarded fellowship for his renowned contribution on the "Traditional Jewellery of Pabbar Valley, Himachal Pradesh'.

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Title Fountain Stone Slabs of Chamba
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Literary Circle
Language: English
isbn 8181820304
length xiv+100p., Plates; Illustrations; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.