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West Asian and Hellenistic Elements in Indian Art

 
Vinay Kumar (Author)
Synopsis

This is a comprehensive and critical study of West Asian and Greco-Roman elements in Indian art and their transformation. It presents various motifs or elements belonging to the West Asian and Greco-Roman world that were introduced in the art of the Indian subcontinent over time and the manner in which they underwent changes. The motifs include the faunal and floral symbols of the honeysuckle, lion, winged animals, drapery and coiffeurs, geometric and architectural motifs. With over 240 photographs as well as maps and drawings, it discusses how the motifs were taken by the Mauryans, the Sungas, the Kushansa and other dynasties and were transformed for use in architecture especially the pillar designs, sculptures, terracotta, costumes/drapery, jewellery and depiction of the physiognomy of human figures such as of the Buddha and the bodhisattvas. It includes a detailed study of the Gandhara art particularly its motifs and narratives.

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About the author

Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar, a renowned teacher of textiles did his postgraduate diploma in textiles design in 1974. He has over twenty-five years' experience in the garment and textile industry. He has organised many national as well as international seminars, symposia and workshops on textiles and has been honoured widely for his significant contributions to the field. As a prolific writer, he her contributed many learned articles in various journals and magazines and also authored a number of books in the subject. Currently is working with many pedagogical as well as industrial institutions as a consultant and adviser.

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Bibliographic information

Title West Asian and Hellenistic Elements in Indian Art
Author Vinay Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350501887
length xxi+144p., 68 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; Maps