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Material Culture of Sanchi

K Krishna Murthy (Author)
Synopsis Sanchi, the ancient Sahghardma (in District Raisen, Madhya Pradesh, well-known for its magnificient Buddhist edifices Stupas, temples, monasteries and memorial pillars, has been attracting the attention of the art lovers and the archaeologists alike ever since its rediscovery by General Tyior in 1818. The tremendous wealth of figural and decorative carvings is superb and amazingly varied. The artistic, religious and iconographic wealth in the early sculptures of Sanchi are an almost inexhaustive mine of information in regard to the contemporary civilization. Sarchi sculptures lend great latitude for isualising a picturesque panorama of life that thrived during the second half of the first century B.C. The art of Sanchi in all its grandeur impresses us greatly by its rhythm, Symmetry, and decorative beauty and perfect handling of the floral and plant motifs. The Sanchi tradition is amazingly derived from an indigenous heritage which is born of India's own seed with deep and intimate ethnic and local roots. This book "The Material Culture of Sanchi" is an out-come of the indefatigable research of prof. Dr. Krishna Murthy, a well-known archaeologist and an art-historian. Written in lucid style, the present book recounts the contemporary life reflected in the Sanchi sculptures. The architecture, more of dress, coiffure, personal ornaments, the weapons of war revealing the class military life, the musical instruments bespeaking the civilized mind of the people have all ben brought within the compass of sculptural art impeccable well. This richly illustrated impressive work projecs an indepth, authentic account of Sanchi's material culture. The book is of great to the student of art-history; and for the common reader its fascination lies in the intense human and cultural that the subject invitably generates.
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About the author

K Krishna Murthy

Prof. Dr. K. Krishna Murthy, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt., FRAS (London), a distinguished archaeologist, and art-historian was born IN 1930 IN Andhra Pradesh. He obtained (Hons.) and M.A. degree from the Andhra University, Waltair, and his Ph.D. and D.Litt. degrees from the Nagpur University, Nagpur. He was elected as fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, Ireland (FRAS) in 1972 and member of RAI and RAA in 1985. He was associated with the Archaeological Survey of India for complete 34 years. He was formerly a Professor of History and Indian Culture in Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashantinilayam and was its Dean, Faculty of Arts of Sometime. A Scholar of eminence and a prolific writer, he has authored about twenty books and hundreds of research papers in various journals of repute both in India and abroad. His devoted and unflinching love for Buddhism kept him tagged in to the excavation of the famous Buddhist site like Nagarjunakonda Salihundam, Kalingapatnam, Amaravati to mention a few. His specialization in Buddhism resulted in bringing out authentic works on various aspects of Buddhism on such as iconography, art, architecture, religious philosophy reflecting his wonted scholarship and sensitivity in the field. His forte has been the material Culture of Ancient India in its several epochs on which he has brought out a series of Excellent treatises. His deputation to Sri Lanka under Indo-Sri Lanka Cultural exchange programme in 1978 enriched his longings in Buddhistic studies in greater indepth.

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Title Material Culture of Sanchi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1983
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740647
length xv+288p., 3 Figures; 53 Plates; Bibliography; Index; 26cm