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Mughal Sculpture: Study of Stone Sculptures of Birds, Beasts, Mythical Animals, Human Being and Deit

R. Nath (Author)
Synopsis This is study of stone sculptures of birds, beasts, mythical animals, human beings and deities in Mughal architecture. This is the first book on this new subject which, though these sculptures were all the time there, had been consistently overlooked owing primarily to the fact that a life-time's experience of this discipline was needed to take it up. Some masterpieces of Mughal sculpture were produced during the age from Babur to Jehangir (c. 1522 to 1627 A.D.). The latter's reign (1605-27) was certainly the golden era of Mughal sculpture when emphasis was given on full, round, free-standing sculptures. His sculptors not only made life-size, but also true-to-life sculptures which were conceptually, as much as artistically, superior even to the earlier sculptures of the Hindu period. His sculptures are as realistic as are the subjects depicted in contemporary painting. They vibrate with life. Mughal sculpture developed as a court-art. The Mughals secularised it and freed it from all restrictions, compulsions and affiliations. A novel development of Mughal sculpture was that it no longer remained dependent and subservient to architecture, and it could stand independently, by virtue of its own force. It developed into a perfect discipline.
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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Title Mughal Sculpture: Study of Stone Sculptures of Birds, Beasts, Mythical Animals, Human Being and Deit
Author R. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8179248701
length xix+218p., Figures; Plates; Index.