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The Indus Terracottas

 
Vibha Tripathi (Author) Ajeet K. Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis The terracotta art is depiction of life of the common man expressed by common man. Hitherto neglected and relegated to the status of minor objects in archaeological reports, terracottas could be a powerful mode of cultural reconstruction. A serious attempt has been made in the present volume to have a glimpse of life of man during the Harappan period as revealed through the terracottas. To place the terracottas in their proper perspective the ecological background of the Indus culture has been discussed in an independent chapter, followed by detailed and upto date account of sites at Early/Pre-Harrappan, Mature-Harappan and Late-Harappan levels. The book, thus undertakes to study the Indus culture in a wider frame-work, providing all the information on settlements and their growth pattern during 4th-2nd millennia B.C. in an area expanding over two nations of the Indian sub-continent. The focal theme, however, has never been lost sight of. A large number of terracottas have been brought to light from most of the important excavated Indus sites. The richness is manifested in the numerical profusion, diverse variety as well as beautiful objects of art. Except for the building material, all other objects like figurines, beads, bangles, toys, models of carts, boats, implements like ploughs etc. have been taken into account. The cultural context of terracotta objects, their socio-economic or religious significance to Indus Valley culture has been highlighted. This study, thus provides an invaluable insight into the life during the Indus Valley culture.
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About the authors

Vibha Tripathi

Dr. Vibha Tripathi (b. 1948) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology. She has worked extensively in Proto-historic and Early Historic Archaeology, contributing nearly 200 papers and ten books on various aspects of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. Although she specializes in the field of ancient Indian technology, especially in ceramics and metallurgy, she emphasizes on holistic reconstruction of the past through her works. She is widely travelled participating and chairing sessions in National and International conferences, seminars and symposia. As a member of several National and International academic bodies, she contributes to National policies. Presently she is member of several societies and important national bodies for History of Science, Indian National Science Academy (INSA); Science and Heritage Research Initiative, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

In recognition to her sustained contributions to the field of Ancient Indian Culture and archaeology, she has been bestowed several prestigious awards like the ‘Bharatiya Manisha Sutram’ Award and V.S. Wakankar Award (2017). More recently, she received Newton Funding award by STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research to undertake in-depth research in the field of archaeo-metallurgy.

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Ajeet K. Srivastava

Dr. Ajeet K. Srivastava took his Master’s degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology with First Division from Banaras Hindu University. He was awarded Ph.D. on “A Study of Terracotta Objects of Harappan Culture” in 1987 by the same University. He participated in archaeological excavations as a research scholar in the Department. He is also a life-member of the Indian Archaeological Society. Presently, he is busy studying management and working with Modistone Tyres. His interest in the field of Archaeology, however, continues.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Indus Terracottas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616159
length xiv+214p., lvii Plates; Tables; References; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.