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Women in Buddhist Art

 
Vinay Kumar Rao (Author)
Synopsis

The over arching period of the 2nd century BC to 3rd century AD witnessed the development of Buddhism in India. The period is well known for the growth and development of Buddhist art and architecture and one is able to get a glimpse of contemporary society going through these art forms. Women are an integral part of a society and the position and role of women is a pre requisite to define the humbleness and harmony of any society. No society can be regarded as civilised and cultured in true sense without acknowledging the status and dignity of women. The archaeological and literary sources have manifested women in various roles since ancient times and are very magnificently projected in early Buddhist sculptural art. The presence of women in Buddhist sculptural do not only implies the cultural manifestations but also highlights the socio economic role of women in that particular space and time. There are a plethora of inscriptions and sculptural representations that appear in early Buddhist period which indicate active involvement of women in social religious affairs. This changed attitude of society towards women after the advent of Buddhism is very clearly reflected in early Buddhist sculptural art. By going through the detailed depictions of various religious and secular narratives we can observe women in early Buddhist sculptural art in various dimensions. This is also very well affirmed by inscriptions carved on various parts of Buddhist monuments.

The book with the help of literary and epigraphically sources intends to present the contemporary diversified and multifarious role of women in early Buddhist sculptural art. In order to authenticate the study the author has collected source material from various museums and extensively traveled to various Buddhist monuments.

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About the author

Vinay Kumar Rao

Vinay Kumar Rao received his school education from Kendriya Vidyalaya. He has Graduated and Post Graduated from Allahabad University. He has also been endowed with Master of Education from Kurukshetra University. His thesis titled Women in Early Buddhist Art was awarded for Ph. D. in year 2003-04 from VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur and also published from Swati Publications, Delhi. He has presented various papers in International conferences on topics related to Buddhist Sculptural art in India and abroad. He has good number of publications in field of Archaeology especially in Buddhist Art of India and Myanmar.

Vinay Kumar Rao is currently an Assistant Professor since 2004 in the Department of History, Assam University.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women in Buddhist Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173201264
length xii+258p., Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; Plates; 29cm.