On the Cusp of an Era: Art in the Pre-Kusaa??a World

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South Asian religious art became codified during the Kus.ān.a Period (ca. beginning of the 2nd to the mid 3rd century). Yet, to date, neither the chronology nor nature of Kus.ān.a Art, marked by great diversity, is well understood. The Kus.ān.a Empire was huge, stretching from Uzbekistan through northern India, and its multicultural artistic expressions became the fountainhead for much of South Asian Art. The premise of this book is that Kus.ān.a Art achieves greater clarity through analyses of the arts and cultures of the Pre- Kus.ān.a World, those lands becoming the Empire. Fourteen papers in this book by leading experts on regional topography and connective pathways; interregional, multicultural comparisons; art historical, archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and textual studies represent the first coordinated effort having this focus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004154513
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Series: Brill's Inner Asian Library Series, #18
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Doris Meth Srinivasan is Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has published extensively on Hindu iconography, Western and local expressions in Gandharan art, plus the seminal Many Heads, Arms and Eyes. Origin, Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art (Brill, 1997).
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Table of Contents

Pre-Kusana Art: A New Concept   Doris Meth Srinivasan     1
Pathways Between Gandhara and North India during Second Century B.C.-Second Century A.D.   Saifur Rahman Dar     29
Passages to India: Saka and Kusana Migrations in Historical Contexts   Jason Neelis     55
Numismatic Evidence for a Chronological Framework for Pre-Kaniskan Art, from Kalchayan to Gandhara   David W. Mac Dowall     95
Acroliths from Bactria and Gandhara   Osmund Bopearachchi     119
Barikot, An Indo-Greek Urban Center in Gandhara   Pierfrancesco Callieri     133
The Artistic Center of Butkara I and Saidu Sharif I in the Pre-Kusana Period   Domenico Faccenna     165
Kanjur Ashlar and Diaper Masonry. Two Building Phases in Taxila of the First Century A.D.   Shoshin Kuwayama     201
Coinage from Iran to Gandhara - with special reference to divinities as coin types   David W. Mac Dowall     233
Dynastic and Institutional Connections in the Pre-and Early Kusana Period: New Manuscript and Epigraphic Evidence   Richard Salomon     267
Art, Beauty and the Business of Running a Buddhist Monastery in Early Northwest India   Gregory Schopen     287
The Pre-Kusana and Early Kusana Levels at Sonkh   Herbert Hartel     319
Monumental Naginis from Mathura   Doris Meth Srinivasan     351
Close Encounters: Multicultural Systems in Ancient India   Pia Brancaccio     385
Index     399
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