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

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

by Carla M. Sinopoli
ISBN-10:
0521826136
ISBN-13:
9780521826136
Pub. Date:
11/30/2003
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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

Carla Sinopoli examines a diverse range of crafts to explore the role and significance of craft production in the political economy of the fourteenth through seventeenth-century South Indian Vijayanagara empire. Ranging from poetry to pottery, Sinopoli utilizes evidence from twenty years of fieldwork at the Vijayanagara capital, one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world in its time. This book is a broad-ranging study of craft production in South Asia, as well as other early state empires.

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Specialized craft production: archaeological approaches; 3. The South Asian state; 4. Vijayanagara: the historical setting; 5. Vijayanagara: sources of evidence; 6. Craft products and craft producers; 7. Artisans and institutions: artisans and each other; 8. Crafting empire: conclusion.

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