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Chandraketugarh: A Treasure House of Bengal Terracottas

Enamul Haque (Author)
Synopsis This compendium on Chandraketugarh, the renowned archaeological site and the treasure-house of Bengal terracottas, is intended for both the general readers and the serious scholars. For the first time, the general readers will have access to a very important source of fascinating art of ancient Bengal presented in a readable and comprehensible manner. Similarly, the painstakingly compiled materials will provide the researchers with the background to examine the various aspects of Chandraketugarh. The author believes that any general study of pioneering nature is bound to be superceded by subsequent new research and wider knowledge. Even then it is expected that this carefully documented and liberally illustrated volume will be treated as a continuing source of information for a long time to come about Chandraketugarh and the art materials found therefrom. This summation work, long overdue, attempts to reconstruct the picture of Chandraketugarh, based on the summary notices in the annual publications of the Archaeological Survey of India, other stray articles published in different journals and personal visits to the site by the author. The assembly of nearly a thousand Chandraketugarh plaques and figurines belonging to museums and private collections from so many countries of the world has made it possible to rectify, confirm or repudiate many previous wrong, weak or inconclusive identifications or interpretations. Now, it is possible to indulge in the assessment of the themes and motifs of the Chandraketugarh artists in particular and the evolution of the terracotta art of Bengal in general during the few centuries of the Early Historic period. It is indeed an unique way of complimenting the archaeological site of Chandraketugarh by presenting a sumptuous volume, the first of its kind, with 678 illustrations of which 400 are in colour.
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Enamul Haque

Professor Enamul Haque had his M.A. in History (Archaeology Group) from Dhaka (1960), Diploma in Museology from London (1964) and Doctorate in South Asian Art from Oxford (1973). For three decades since 1962 he served the Dhaka Museum and rose to be the Founder Director General of the Bangladesh National Museum, developing it to be the largest Museum in the Third World. He was for a year (1990) Secretary-in-charge of the Ministry of Culture of Bangladesh. He also taught Art History, Museology and National Heritage in the universities of Dhaka and Jahangirnagar, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, and the Independent University at Dhaka. An organizer of exceptional ability, he is the Founder Chairman (since 1995) and Academic Director of The International Centre for Study of Bengal Art (ICSBA) at Dhaka, convened four International Congresses on Bengal Art (1976, 1997, 1999 and 2001) and edits the Journal of Bengal Art. He was honoured by the Asiatic Society of Calcutta with the award of the Rama Prasad Chanda Birth Centenary Medal (1993) for his "conspicuous contribution in art and archaeology of Bengal". Earlier, the Asia Society of New York honoured him by electing as their Honorary International Councilor (1986-92). He served as the President of the International Council of Museum (ICOM) Asia Pacific Organization (1983-86). Among his publications, notables are Islamic Art Heritage of Bangladesh (1983) and Bengal Sculptures: Hindu Iconography (1992), the latter being a quantitative assessment of nearly two thousand sculptures now preserved in different parts of the world.

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Title Chandraketugarh: A Treasure House of Bengal Terracottas
Author Enamul Haque
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9848140026
length 416p., Figures; Col. & B/w Illustrations; Plates; Maps; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.