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Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture (Volume II, Part 2, 2 Books)

M A Dhaky (Editor) Michael W. Meister (Editor)
Synopsis This set of volumes continues a series initiated by the American Institute of Indian Studies to survey and organize, by style, patronage, and region, - with brief technical descriptions – that body of monuments constructed since c. A.D. 400 to serve India’s symbolic and religious needs. Volume I, of which two parts have already been published, documents Dravida temples in South India. Volume II surveys Nagara temples in North India – with extensions of this typical curvilinear type into the Deccan – as well as other temple forms that contributed to North Indian style. Divided by style, region, and patronage into 21 chapters, this second North Indian set explores a “Period of Early Maturity” – c. A.D. 700 to 900 – for the curvilinear Latina temple-type in North India, as well as remaining early examples of its multifaceted and multispired extensions. These represent one of the most effective uses of architectural form in support of a symbolic function in world art. Based on several centuries of careful exploration by architects and mature in its development, this type of temple spread widely across North India in these few centuries, patronized by political powers who were intent on incorporating and marking both territory and populations within their growing hegemony. Building temples in this period gave merit to thie individual patrons, provided a powerful tool for communities of priests, and helped to validate and perpetuate a growing State order. Clans, dynasties, and feudatories referred to in this volume include the Saindhavas, Capas, and Capotkatas in Surastra; Samas in Kaccha; Mauryas of Uparamala, Pratiharas of Mandor, and Pratiharas of Jalor elsewhere in Western India; Mauryas of Gopagiri, Gujara-Pratiharas, Kalacuris, and Candellas in Central India; and Palas and Bhauma-Karas in Eastern India. Regional idioms discussed include those of Dasarna, Dahala, and Madhyadesa; Himacala; Sapadalaksa, Surasena, and Marudesa; and Surastra’ Malava, and Kalinga. Chapters also divide “styles of common lineage” – that to a large degree have grown out of the decorative and aesthetic conventions developed in territories ruled previously by Gupta dynasts – from “styles of separate lineage” that have drawn on other conventions. 218 text figures give temple plans, elevations, and sections, many previously not published; 977 black-and-white plates; 18 maps; a quick Reference Glossary of technical vocabulary; and a Site and Temple Index are included. Many drawings and photographs have been prepared especially for this volume by the AIIS Centre for Art and Archaeology, Varanasi.
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About the authors

M A Dhaky

Professor M.A. Dhaky, currently Director (Emeritus) at the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Centre for Art and Archaeology, Gurgaon (Haryana), is a historian and researcher of ancient and medieval Indian art and architecture and Sanskrit texts that relate to the architecture of the ancient buildings. Prof. Dhaky had served on deputation at the AIIS’ Varanasi Center from August 1966, first from the Department of Archaeology, Government of Gujarat, and from 1974 from the L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad, where he was till 1987 posted as the Research Professor of Indian Art and Architecture. Among his publications are the short and long monographs, chapters to the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture and research papers in English, Gujarati, and in Hindi, on the history and literature including agamas and hymnology of the Nirgranthadarsana, as also articles involving criticism and interpretation of art and architecture, musicology and horticulture, all together numbering 290. He is recipient of many a awards and honours: the ‘Kumara’ silver medal (Ahmedabad 1974), an award of the Prakrta Jananabharati, Bangalore (1993), the Campbell Memorial Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay (1994), the Hemacandracarya Award from Jaswanta Dharmarth Trust, Delhi (1997), and an award and gold medal from “Kalikalasarvjna Sri Hemacandracarya Navam Janma-Satabdi Smriti Samskara Siksana Nidhi” Trust, Ahmedabad (1999).

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Michael W. Meister

Michael W. Meister is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of the History of Art and South Asia Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has served as editor of the American Institute of Indian Studies' series, the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, and also edited volumes on Discourses on Siva, Making Things in South Asia, and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: Essays in Early Indian Architecture and Essays in Architectural Theory.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture (Volume II, Part 2, 2 Books)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1991
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195629213
length xx+467p., xii+977p., B/w Plates; Figures; Tables; Reference Glossary; Index; 29cm.