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Early Classical Art of South Asia (In 2 Volumes)

M.C. Joshi (Editor) D.P. Sharma (Editor)

The present volume 'Early Classical Art of South Asia' is edited by Prof. M.C. Joshi and Dr. D.P. Sharma. The period of Gupta dynasty begins around 319 A.D. ends up to 578 A.D. The art Gupta periods has often been referred to us classical art of early South Asia. The art of Gupta period was characterized by a sensitivity modeled body from a severity of expansion and dominant spiritual purpose.

During Gupta Age there was all-round development particularly in fine arts-literature both religious and non religious, sculpture, painting, music, dance, drama, ‘Kalidasa's literary metaphors, lyrics and norms of beauty are found translated in art as much as the softness and suppleness of limbs of sculpture are found translated in painting.

The three stages of Gupta arts like kaushambai, Mathura and Sarnath represent three variations in refinement. Kaushambi represents transitional stage (319-375 AD) of Kusana-Gupta art, Mathura style is the early phase of Gupta Art and Sarnath style shows more developmental stage of later part of Gupta Art. The book covers art of Gupta Age (319-578 A.D.) Prof. M.C. Joshi wrote introduction and contributes six papers in this volume. This book contains 39 papers of eminent art historians and archeologists. The important papers are of Prof. G.C. Pande, R.C. Sharma, D.P. Sharma, Madhuri Sharma, A.P. Jamkhekar, Prof. Krishna Deva., Prof. R. Balasubramanian, J.P. Joshi, B.C. Shukla, A.K. Sharma, V.S. Agarwal, U.N. Rai. The Editors is of the opinion that Mathura Art represents earlier stage and Sarnath Art is the developed stage of Gupta Art. The Editors concluded that Vakataka metal images have their origin in late Amaravati School. Buddhist metal images of Ceylon as have their origin in late Amaravati School.

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About the authors

M.C. Joshi

Dr. M.C. Joshi (b. Tanakpur, 1944) is the brother of the famous Buddhist scholar, the late Professor L.M. Joshi. He was educated at Gorakhpur and after obtaining his Master’s Degree with a ‘first class first’ in ancient History, Culture and Archaeology in 1966 he joined his alma mater as a Lecturer. Later on he shifted to the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and in 1970 to the Department of History, University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, which he is still serving, and from where he earned his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor S.R. Goyal, the present work being substantially his Doctoral thesis. Apart from polity and political history Dr. Joshi is deeply interested in the history of religion and art. He has written about a dozen research papers, some of which have been widely acclaimed by Indologists.

D.P. Sharma

Deo Prakash Sharma is an Art Historian, Museologist and field Archaeologist participated in the excavations at Pangoraria, Mansar, Narmada Valley, Bhimbetka Chopani - Mando, Mehagarha, Koldihwa, Mahadaha, Sringaverpura and Bharadvaj Ashram. Besides, he did extensive exploration in the districts of Fatehpur, Pratapgarh and Allahabad in U.P. and in Sehor District in Madhya Pradesh. Anopther significant contribution of the author is the discovery of Menander (Posthumous) Brahmi inscription from Reh. During 1983-84 he was awarded Commonwealth scholarship and he meritoriously qualified M.A. (Archaeology) with specialization in Palaeolithic Archaeology of the world and Pre-history of South East Asia and Australia from the Institute of Archaeology, London. He participated in the excavations at Sussex under the team of Archaeologists of Institute of Archaeology, London and at Pincentvetn (France) under Prof. Gaurhan and Mark Newcomer, both world famous Rock-art specialist. In 1985 he joined as Dy. Keeper, Pre-History and Archaeology at National Museum, New Delhi. In 1993 he was promoted as Keeper Education in National Museum. At present he is the Head of the Harappan, Pre and Proto-history and Early Archaeology collection at National Museum, New Delhi. The author has published 122 papers and ten books of which a few are listed here, Early Buddhist Metal Images of South Asia; Indus script on its way to Decipherment; Harappan Seals, Sealings and Copper Tables; Harappan Art Vol. I; Harappan Terracottas; Harappan Jewellery; Pre-historic Indian and South East Asia (Press) and Harappan Archaeology (Press) and Archaeology of Lower doab.

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Title Early Classical Art of South Asia (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788180901881
length xxii+422p., Coloured Plates; Maps; Index; 28cm.