The Political Economy of Craft Production: Crafting Empire in South India, c.1350-1650

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Overview

This new study combines archaeological and historical evidence from the author's twenty years of fieldwork at the imperial capital of Vijayanagara to explore the role and significance of craft production in the cities' political economy of the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. By examining a diverse range of crafts from poetry to pottery, Sinopoli evaluates models of craft production and expands upon theoretical and historical understanding of empires in general and Vijayanagara in particular. It is the most broad-ranging study of craft production in South Asia, or in any other early state empire.
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"[T]his work is remarkably synthetic providing a focused account of a dynamic and extensive range of craft production activities, complete with social, political and economic implications for a wide spectrum of actors and institutions within a diversity of temporal and geographical settings. This volume is an important contribution to historical and archaeological writings on the Vijayanagara state and South Asian history and historiography." Peter G. Johansen, University of Chicago, Chicago South Asia Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521826136
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla M. Sinopoli is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Michigan and Associate curator of Asian Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Pots and Palaces: The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen's Quarter of Vijayanagara (1993), Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics (1991) and co-editor of Empires: Comparative Perspectives from Archaeology and History.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: crafting empire in South India 1
2 Specialized craft production: archaeological approaches 13
3 The South Asian state 38
4 Vijayanagara: the historical setting 63
5 Vijayanagara: sources of evidence 119
6 Craft products and craft producers 156
7 Artisans and institutions: artisans and each other 252
8 Crafting empire: conclusions 295
References 317
Index 342
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