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Sunga Art: Cultural Reflections

Rajaram Hegde (Author)
Synopsis Indian art has not only delighted the hearts of the art lovers, but it has also provided a hoard of information for the cultural historians right from the days of Anand Coomaraswamy. Art has served as one of the most valuable source material for the archaeologists who intend to reconstruct the material culture and day today life of the past. The present book dwells upon the stone sculptures and terracotta of the Sunga period for this purpose, Time and again our art historians have emphasized that, Sunga Sculptures, among all the art schools of ancient India, are the most realistic representations of the contemporary life. This book unravels the details of the material culture of 2nd and 1st century B.C. India in different headings like Architecuture, Costume and Textile, Personal ornaments, Coiffure and Head gear, Vessels and household materials, Arms and armour, conveyance, Musical instruments, etc. The represented shapes are co-related with the descriptions in the contemporary literature and corroborated with the excavated evidence, wherever it is found possible, to establish the authenticity of the pictorial representations. Attempts are also made in this study to understand the social context of these materials like the class, gender and regional differences as well as their cultural functions wherever the evidences have permitted to do so. This study also helps us expand our understanding of the contemporary literature and excavated objects, because, it provides the visual counterparts to the literary terms and, the lost shapes and functional contexts to the excavated objects. The description in this book is visually supported by the relevant line drawing and photographs.
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About the author

Rajaram Hegde

Rajaram Hegde completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Deccan College, Pune in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. Presently he is a senior lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology, Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, where he is teaching and guiding the research students. He has published more than 30 research articles on the themes of art and culture in both English and Kannada and presented papers in National and International Seminars. He has brought to light several new archaeological antiquities, art objects and inscriptions and completed an ICHR prkject report on Art and Patronage in the Medieval Banavasi 12000. He has organised three state level seminars also.

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Title Sunga Art: Cultural Reflections
Author Rajaram Hegde
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616795
length xxvii+206p., Figures; B/w Plates; References; Bibliography; Index; 29cm