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Buddhist Bronzes from Sirpur

A K Sharma (Author) Prabhat Kumar Singh (Author)

The book, Buddhist Bronzes from Sirpur is a detailed, well researched account of a hoard of bronze sculptures recovered during Sirpur excavation in 2005-2008. The recovery of this hoard along with raw material, crucibles and crucible stands form of Buddha Vihar located in industrial area in the Capital of Dakshin-Kosala at Sirpur, on the Bank of Mahanadi dispels the earlier held view that bronze were imported from Gujarat and Bihar. It is now established that in seventh-eighth cent. A.D., during the time of Pandu-Vamsi rulers at Sirpur was a great trading centre where a variety of objects were manufactured and exported.

The finely moulded sculptures with silver and gold platings clearly demonstrate the well developed sculptural art both in stone and metal in the this part of the presently entrenched so called back-ward area. First time find like Vajra etc. clearly show that Buddhism was well in Dakshina Kosala right from third cent. B.C., to at least tenth cent. A.D.

The book will fill up the yawning gap in the development of Art in India and remove misconceptions. This continuation of metal crafts mamship is still surviving in the remote jungles of Baster in particular and in many villages of Chhattisgarh the ancient Dakshin Kosala. The book is a valuable reference book both for scholars and students of art and history.

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About the authors

A K Sharma

Shri A.K. Sharma is an archaeologist of repute. He is internationally known for his original contributions in the field of archaeology and anthropology. During thirty three years of his hectic career, in different capacities in the Archaeological Survey of India he explored and excavated a number of sites throughout the length and breadth of the country, particularly in remote and inaccessible areas of North-East India, Jammu Kashmir and Lakshadweep. To his credit goes the discovery and excavation of the biggest Stone Age site Anangpur, near Delhi, the biggest prehistoric cave of Kachagad in Maharashtra, the sprawling nucleus megalithic site in Chhattisgarh, unique Neolithic site of Gufkral in Kashmir Valley, early historic sites of Sekta in Manipur and Vadagokugiri in Garo Hills of Meghalaya. He is also known for the discovery of horse bones of domesticated horse in Harappan context which have been internationally acknowledged and has changed the whole theory about Aryans and Vaidic period. He worked at Kalibangan excavation from 1961 to 1969. He has to his credit more than 50 published research papers on anthropology, archaeozoology, prehistory and other aspects of archaeology. Presently he is working as Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Historical Research on his project “Megaliths of Chhattisgarh including Bastar:. He is also directing the excavations at Mansar near Nagpur.

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Prabhat Kumar Singh

Prabhat Kumar Singh young and energetic Archaeological Supervisor, Govt. of Chhattisgarh is working at Sirpur excavation and has written on Bronzes and Copper Plates recovered from Sirpur Excavations.

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Bibliographic information

Title Buddhist Bronzes from Sirpur
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173200960, 9788173200960
length 180p., Tables; 88 B/w Plates; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.