The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan

The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan

by Cynthia Packert Atherton, C. Packert Atherton
     
 
During the early medieval period, from the seventh to the ninth centuries, the area of western India now known as Rajasthan was transformed from a politically and artistically minor region to one of relative importance. Rajasthan was the homeland of the Gurjara Pratiharas, one of the most powerful dynasties in northern India, and many important temples were produced

Overview

During the early medieval period, from the seventh to the ninth centuries, the area of western India now known as Rajasthan was transformed from a politically and artistically minor region to one of relative importance. Rajasthan was the homeland of the Gurjara Pratiharas, one of the most powerful dynasties in northern India, and many important temples were produced during their brief tenure there. While these monuments provide rich sources of information about iconographic preferences and artistic styles, this book argues that they further provide important, and overlooked, clues to Rajasthan's charged early political history. In analyzing sculptural style and iconographic programs within chronological and regional parameters, the book proposes that the Gurjara Pratihara presence in Rajasthan was energizing but disruptive, particularly to dominant religious and stylistic patterns in the region.

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'...Atherton's work stands as a pioneering study that raises tantalizing questions about the relationship between form and patronage at this crucial moment in the development of the North Indian temple type.'
Darielle Mason, The Journal of Asian Studies, 2000.
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Analyzes the temple sculpture in the area of western India from the seventh to the ninth centuries, which was transformed during that period from a minor to a relatively important region by the powerful Gurjara Pratiharas dynasty. Primarily concerned with finding clues to the dynasty's early political history in the sculptural style and iconographic programs. Suggests that the dynasty's presence was energizing but also disruptive to regional religious and stylistic traditions. Also demonstrates the potential of such a study within chronological and regional parameters. Illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004107892
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology Series , #21
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.68(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Packert Atherton, Ph.D. (1988) in Fine Arts, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Art History at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has published articles on Indian art and iconography in Artibus Asiae (1995) and the Dictionary of Art (1996).

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