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Sculptures of Dahala and Dakshina Kosala and Their Background (An Old & Rare Book)

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Item Code: UAQ061
Author: R. N. Misra
Publisher: Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1987
Pages: 200
Other Details 9.80 X 7.50 inch
Weight 710 gm
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About the Book
The monograph attempts to define the idioms of mediaeval temple-sculptures as they evolved from "classical" background and developed in Dahala and South Kosala (ie., central, eastern and south eastern regions of Madhya Pradesh) within the chronological parameters of the Kalachuri rule, and their shifting centres of power from Khandesh to South Kosala. Both stylistic evidence and contemporary epigraphs have been utilised to indicate chronological points of emergence of particular centres of art activity and the factors which determined its content and proliferation.

The analysis indicates consistent diversity of idioms from one province of activity to the other on one hand, and between different centres of activity in the same province on the other. It also indicates that monastic organisation of the ascetics of Saiva-Siddhanta school of Saivism played an important role in art activity in Dahala. The phenomenon of stylistic diversity in sculptural idioms has been connected, wherever possible, with individual craftsmen who find mention in inscriptions. On the whole, the monograph seeks to define regional units, the monuments which came up within those units and craftsmen who brought them forth.

About the Author
Dr. R.N. Misra is professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology at the Jiwaji University, Gwalior.

His publications include Bharhut (in Hindi; Bhopal, 1971), Ancient Artists and Art Activity (Simla, 1975), Indian Sculpture (in Hindi, Delhi, 1978) and Yaksha Cult and Iconography (Delhi, 1981).

The book incorporates the results of my research at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Simla). It endeavours to present a method and its application to study medieval Indian sculpture of particular regions, emphasising their varying styles and idioms as well as the factors which promoted them. The temple sculptures or reliefs and the monuments discussed in this monograph have been examined in the light of epigraphic evidence. As will be seen in Chapter II, this evidence substantially defines the patrons, artists, date, locality and other factors concerning works in the regions under review. Following this evidence, clusters of art-remains and their stylistic features have been discussed locality-wise in the Chapters III and IV. The details regarding rulers and religious sects are contained in Chapter 1. Appendix I examines the data about artists. Appendix II briefly reproduces epigraphic data under the relevant headings arranged in a manner that would indicate gaps or contemporaneity in the works of Dahala vis-a-vis Dakshina Kosala. Appendix III has been included with a view to identify the sources which afforded stone for monuments.

Some words about the form of this book may also be necessary here. Reference to the work of other authors occurs in the text within brackets along with the year and page numbers of their publication. Their full details will be found under "References" arranged chapter wise and appendix-wise at the end of the Appendices. "Figures" within brackets in the text refer to sketch-plan of the monuments; citations of plates are self-explanatory. Appendix II has not been indexed because its content itself is brief. The "References" at the end of the chapters were intended to go as footnotes and should be treated accordingly. Those who consult the book are also requested to read on page 43 line 1 from below (plate XIII A) for (Fig. 25); on page 46 line 12 from top (plate VII B) for (Fig. 18); and on page 61 line 17 from below (Plate XXXV) for (Fig. 69) For printing errors there are only explanations but absolutely no justification, and I can only request my worthy readers to kindly bear with them.

I am grateful to the Institute and in particular to Professor S.C. Dube, the then Director of the Institute for providing me not only the necessary facilities but also an atmosphere at Simla fit for academic work. Professor Dube's presence in that atmosphere was always inspiring and in addition, his care and consideration made everything within reach. I cherish the memory of this association and thank him for the opportunities I had for work during his tenure at the Institute.

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