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The Forgotten Place: Stone Images from Kurkihar, Bihar

By Claudine Bautze-Picron

Archaeological Survey of India, 2015. First edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 29 cm. Kurkihar is considered a major Buddhist site of the ninth century; after that time the local monastery is believed to have been inhabited though it was aloof from the developments which re-shaped Buddhism in other places nearby. This is a study of the stone images that have been found at Kurkihar, Bihar that focuses on sculptures discovered around mid-nineteenth century that are today displayed in the Indian Museum, Kolkata, the State Museum, Lucknow and the British Museum, London as well as those still preserved in the temple of the village, Kurkihar. The work examines the characteristics of the local stylistic idiom and recognises similarities between the images of Kurkihar and other images discovered in other sites in Bihar and other places. It provides an in-depth coverage of aspects relating to the sculpture like the nimbus, its decorative motifs and ornamentation around it; the throne; the attendant figures; and garments, jewellery and other attributes of the images. It examines the themes and representations in the sculptures: depiction of the Buddha images that deal with the life story of the Buddha, his actions and teachings; the Avalokiteshwara images; images of Manjushri, Maitreya, Vajrasatva and others. A separate section is provided on the art of Bodh Gaya and Gaya and Nalanda and its link to the Kurkihar artistic production as well as the sculpture during the reigns of kings Devapala, Mahendrapala and Surapala. With numerous drawings and reproductions of sculptures including bronzes housed at sites around the world, the volume will interest art lovers and connoisseurs and scholars of Indian art. Printed Pages: 644. NA


Archaeology of Brahmaputra Valley of Assam

By R.D. Choudhury

Agam Kala Prakashan, 1985. Hardcover. New. The Present Work Conststs of the following chapters. Introduction, Historical back ground, Cultural back ground, Icons, Sculptures, Inscriptions, Numismatics and Conclusion. By organising seminars and conferences on behalf of the Directorate of Museums he has also been able to attract the attention of the archaeologists from various parts of the country towards the archaeological wealth of the State. Thus, the present study is a work of his personal research based on field study, museum study and other relevant published materials.The book, it is expected, will be able to help the scholars from outside Assam to have a fair idea about the archaeological wealth of the Pre-Ahom period and inspire young scholars to dofurther work in the field of archaeology in this region. Printed Pages: 271. NA


Early Harappans and Indua-Sarasvati Civilization, 2 Vols
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Early Harappans and Indua-Sarasvati Civilization, 2 Vols

By Madhuri Sharma

Kaveri Books, New Delhi, 2006. First edition. Hardcover. New. 23 x 29 cm. According to a scholar the Harappan Civilization is the gift of two rivers - the Indus and Sarasvati whose tributaries had played a dominant and decisive role in the origin of this bronze civilization. As of now around 2668 Harappan and its associated sites have been reported, of which 1068 sites are located in the dried-up bank of the Sarasvati river. The Sarasvati was a mighty river between ca. 5000 and 1800 B.C. Around ca. 1800 B.C., due to neo-tectonic movements in the Himalayas, the river started drying up. It flowed down from the 1 Himalayas to Adi Badri towards Desalpur in Gujarat. This work is a collection of forty research papers contributed by the noted scholars and historians from India and abroad. Volume-I contains nineteen papers which includes introduction, the origin of Harappan, and Early Harappan village chalcolithic cultures. Volume- II covers on Indus Sarasvati Civilization and includes twenty-one papers on the Mature Indus Sarasvati Civilization which contain controversial and clashing views. Available archaeological evidences suggest the Atharvavedic and Mature Harappan were contemporary and they had contacts with each other. The Atharvavedic people were the authors of the copper hoard culture. The nomenclature, either of Harappan, Indus or Indus Sarasvati civilization hardly matters as the meaning of these are the same. This has been confirmed on the basis of the available archaeological evidences. Bound in two volumes, the papers with notes, references and bibliography are well illustrated and grouped in three parts, i.e., Introduction; Early Harappans; and Indus-Sarasvati Controversies. Contents: Volume.I: Part-I: Introduction: (1) Harappan Civilization/ D P Sharma; (2) South Asian Archaeology: Some Issues/ D P Agrawal; Part-II: Early Harappans: (3) New Discoveries Point to a Southern Origin: Gulf of Cambay/ David Frawley & Navratna Rajaram; (4) World’s Oldest Lost Civilization Found in South Asia/ Raj Chengapa; (5) Early Neolithic Settlement in Bannu, Pakistan/ J R Knox, Farid Khan & K D Thomas; (6) Sheri Khan Tarakai: Excavation in Bannu District, N W F P/ J R Knox, Farid Khan & K D Thomas; (7) Origin of the Harappan Civilization/ D P Sharma; (8) Origin of Harappan Civilization and Mehrgarh Excavations/ Jean Francois Jarrige; (9) Earliest Agriculture in the Kachi Plain (Mehrgarh)/ Lorenzo Costantini; (10) Early Harappan Remains, Pottery and Artifacts at Nausharo/ Anaick Samzun; (11) Early Harappan Ceramics/ D P Sharma; (12) Petrographic Analysis of Early Harappan Ceramics of South Asia (ca. 3500-2700 B.C.)/ Graham M Chandler; (13) Padri: The Early Harappan Site in Gujarat/ Vasant Shinde; (14) Early Harappans in Gujarat/ Abhijit Majumdar; (15) Ochre Coloured Ceramics and the Early and Mature Harappans/ R C Gaur; (16) 5th-4th Millennium Dating Rigveda Culture/ Shivaji Singh; (17) Indo-European Homeland: An Indian Perspective/ D N Tripathi; (18) Dhalewan Early-Mature Harappan Excavated Site in Punjab (India)/ Madhubala & Vishnu Kant; (19) Transformation of the Harappan Civilization/ G L Possehl; Volume 2: Part-III: Indus-Sarasvati Controversies: (20) Indus and Sarasvati in History, Geology and Archaeology/ S P Gupta; (21) Archaeology of Sarasvati/ B B Lal; (22) Origins of the Indus-Sarasvati Civilization/ S P Gupta; (23) Harappans and Rigveda/ R S Bisht; (24) Harappan: Vedic Civilization/ Suman Pandya; (25) The Harappans, Sarasvati and Rigveda/ T P Verma; (26) Rigvedic and Harappan Connections/ Shivaji Singh; (27) The Mahabharat for Harappan Civilization/ S P Gupta; (28) Sarasvati and Harappan Archaeology/ Vedagya Arya; (29) Vedic Harappans/ N S Rajaram; (30) Archaeology Cannot ‘Prove’ the Vedas/ Nayanjot Lahiri & Upender Singh; (31) Rational Approach to the Rigveda and Indus Civilization/ Malati J Shende; (32) Indus Seals and Atharvaveda/ P V Pathak; (33) Notes on Printed Pages: 583. Early Harappans and Indua-Sarasvati Civilization, 2 VolsMadhuri Sharma9788174790729


Bijapur Inscriptions (Memoirs of the Archæological Survey of India No. 49)

By M. Nazim

Archaeological Survey of India, 1999. Hardcover. New. Table of Contents Preface 1. A Short History of Bijapur 2. Bijapur Architecture 3. Inscriptions on Mosques 4. Inscriptions on Tombs 5. Inscriptions on Walls and Fortifications 6. Inscriptions on Guns 7. Inscriptions on Baories 8. Miscellaneous Inscriptions : i. Deeds of Endowment ii. On Works of Public Utility iii. Inscriptions recording Farmans of Kings iv. General List of Plates I : 3251. Inscription on a ruined gateway, east of Khwaja Sumbul`s Mosque 410. Inscription on the Dakhani `Idgah 3298. Inscription on Dastgir`s Jhanda 3256. Inscription on outer doorway of Khwaja Sumbul`s Mosque 3250. Inscription on a stone in the Bijapur Museum, No. A 26. II : 3316. a. Inscription on Mirza Afzal Khan`s tomb (side) 3316. b. Inscription on Mirza Afzal Khan`s tomb (top). 3316. c. Inscription on Mirza Afzal Khan`s tomb, over doorway 3321. d. Inscription on Ibrahim Rauza, south side, south east block, lower, left hand side 3323. a. Inscription on Ibrahim Rauza, south side, middle block, lower, right hand side 3324. a. Inscriptions on Ibrahim Rauza, south side, under the pediment, 1 to 3. 407. Inscription over the inner gate of the Shahpur gateway III : 3326. Inscription on Ibrahim Rauza south side, inside triangular screen pediment 3329. b. Inscriptions on Ibrahim Rauza, north side, round door frame, outer band, 1 to 3. 680. Inscription on Ibrahim Rauza, south door, inside triangular pediment 3324. b. Inscriptions on Ibrahim Rauza, south side, round main door, external band, 1 to 3 IV : 289. Inscription on Dheri I tibar Khan, over north door 3252. a. Inscription on a pilaster in north wall of Malik Karimu`d-Din`s mosque 3252. b. Inscription on a pillar of Malik Karimu`d-Din`s Mosque 3351. Inscriptions on Malik Sundar`s tomb in the compound of Ibrahim Rauza 495. Inscription on Gol Gumbad, above the doorway, inside 3257. Inscription over the entrance of the tomb of Yaqut Dabuli 3320. Inscription over the central doorway of the Begam Mahal V : 437. Inscription on the outside of the citadel wall, south east of the gateway 3301. Inscription over gateway of a tomb, behind `Ali `Adil Shah`s Rauza 505. Inscription on the fourth bastion, west of Landa Qassab bastion 439. Inscription on a bastion inside south gateway of citadel 3304. b. Inscription on lintel of the Ark Qal`a gateway, in the centre 543. Inscription on Malik-i-Maidan Bastion, on the outside VI : 442. Inscription on a burj of the citadel wall behind the Chini Mahal 426. Inscription on the outside of a small postern, near Landa Qassab bastion 3312. Inscription on a burj next to the Firingi Burj 3246. Inscription on a loose slab in the Athar Mahal 3296. Inscription on Nit Nauri Tomb 3248. Inscription on a stone slab in the Bijapur Museum, No. A 5 3332. Inscription on Haidar Burj 477. Inscription on a stone in the Gumat Baori VII : 408. Inscription on Shahpur gate over 425. Inscription on the Landa Qassab Bastion 3297. Inscription round the muzzle of Dal Khandal Gun 1 to 4 3314. Inscription of second bastion, south of Makka gate 3308. Inscription on a wall inside the Makka gate 3299. b. Inscription on a stone fixed in a wall of S.M. Bangi`s house, near the Jami Masjid VIII : 3292. Inscriptions on Sharaf Burj (Pani Mahal), 1 to 4 3299. a. Inscription on a stone fixed in a wall of S.M. Bangi`s house, near the Jami Masjid IX : 3294. a. Inscription on the Malik-i-Maidan Gun, at the vent 3294. b. Inscription on the Malik-i-Maidan Gun, below the vent 3294. c. Inscription on the Malik-i-Maidan Gun, above the vent 498. Inscription over the entrance gateway of the Jail X : 411. Inscription on Sharza Burj 3247. Inscription on stone No. 11 in the Bijapur Museum 3255. Inscription on a slab near the entrance to the Amin Dargah 463. Inscription on the north face of Ambar Khana Printed Pages: 0. NA


Konarak: The Heritage of Mankind, 2 Vols

By K.S. Behera

Aryan Books International, 2009. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 28 cm. In the Indian state of Orissa near the shore of the Bay of Bengal, stands the great Sun Temple of Konarak, now in ruins. Built in the 13th Century by Narasimha I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, the temple once served as a landmark for the European sailors, who called it ""The Black Pagoda"" to distinguish it from ""The White Pagoda"" or the temple of Jagannatha at Puri. The temple with its sanctuary (deula) and the audience hall (Jagamohana) was designed as the mighty chariot of the Sun god with its twenty four magnificent wheels, drawn by seven horses. In front of the Jagamohana exists the remains of the Hall of dance (Natamandira) covered with its beautiful figures of dancers and musicians. The surface of the temple is adorned with many reliefs reflecting the life and culture of the people when it was built. Konarak, the greatest of Orissa`s monuments, is also one of the most glorious achievements of the mankind as a whole. Since the remains were first studied early in the 19th century, a considerable amount of writing has appeared on Konarak. Now, however, for the first time, appears a monograph in which all aspects of Konarak are treated in depth-its religious significance, its history, its architecture and its sculpture. The book tries to depict, in all its details, the art and architecture of the temple in a broader Indian framework, as well as in the context of regional developments. The monograph provides reinterpretations of already known facts, and is based on the latest research on the subject. The Appendices towards the end of the book provide interesting additional information on the subject. It is to be hoped that this comprehensive monograph may encourage art lovers throughout the world to come to Konarak and help them to appreciate the artistic significance of this priceless treasure in the right perspective. Printed Pages: 404. Konarak: The Heritage of Mankind, 2 VolsK.S. Behera9788173050763


Rock Art in the Old World (IGNCA Rock Art Series-1)

By Michel Lorblanchet

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Aryan Books International, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 28 cm. Rock Art in the Old World is an invaluable documentation of what is probably the first manifestation of the creative urge of man. It consists of selected papers from the World Congress of Rock Art held in Darwin in 1988. For the first time rock art of very broad geographical regions covering the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe have been dealt within one book. Little known traditions such as the panorama of Chinese art and that of the former Soviet Union have been studied. Samples of rock art identified only recently have been described. The papers presented in this volume are convincing proof of the importance of the study of Rock Art, both for archaeology as also ethnology and lifestyle studies. The vast spectrum shows that although there has been a history of research on Rock Art, as a young discipline it is exploring various avenues of growth. Several of the papers indicate the extensive research carried out in India. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is a premier institution pursuing Rock Art research in a universal context. One important component of its programme is the establishment of the gallery of primeval sight called Adi Drsya, dedicated to everything that is understood by the word palaeo-art. This unique volume is the first in the IGNCA series of Rock Art Studies. It is meant for wide ranging specialists and students interested in human history and art. CONTENTS: Foreword/Robert G. Bednarik, Olivier Guillaume and Kapila Vatsyayan; Introduction/Michel Lorblanchet; I. AFRICA : 1. Rock art and Cultural Evolution in the Prehistory of the Sahara/Fabrizio Mori 2. The ""Chariot Period"" of the Rock art Chronology in the Sahara and the Maghreb : A Critical Reappraisal of the Traditional Views/Alfred Muzzolini 3. Kenya Rock Art Studies and the Need for a Discipline/Osaga Odak 4. Cup-Marks Patterns as an Interpretation Strategy in Some Southern Kenyan Petroglyphs/Osaga Odak 5. Rock Painting Sites Near the Southern Perimeter Road in Southeastern Lesotho/Lucas G. A. Smits 6. Gonoa and the Prehistory of Tibesti/Karl Heinz Striedter 7. Rock Art Research on the Djado Plateau (Niger) : A Preliminary Report on Arkana/Karl Heinz Striedter II. ASIA : 8. Rock Paintings of Pachmarhi Hills/Meenakshi Dubey 9. Archaic Petroglyphs of Ladakh and Zanskar/Henri-Paul Francfort, Daniel Klodzinski & Georges Mascle 10. Ostrich Eggshell Objects and Engraved Pieces : New Evidence for Upper Palaeolithic Art and Ornaments in India/Giriraj Kumar, Geeta Narvare & Ramesh Pancholi 11. Preliminary Report on Ultrastructure of Struthio Eggshells from Upper Palaeolithic Sites of India/Ashok Sahni 12. Rock Art Studies in India/Yashodhar Mathpal 13. Rock Art in India/Erwin Neumayer 14. Central Indian Rock Art/Shyam K. Pandey 15. Significance of Chandravati Engraved Core in the Light of Prehistoric Art in India/Vishwarao Sonawane 16. Rock Paintings of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh/Rakesh Tewari 17. Decorative intricate patterns in Indian rock art/Gajendra S. Tyagi 18. Rock Painting in India/Vishnu S. Wakankar 19. Rock Art of Sri Lanka/Bilinda D. Nandadeva 20. Rock Art in Thailand/Margaret Bullen 21. Discovery of Rock Art in China/Chen Zao Fu 22. Praying Figures in Zuojiang River Valley/Chen Zao Fu 23. The Annotated Rock Art of Southern Jordan/William Jobling III. EUROPE : 24. Open Air Rock Art in the Palaeolithic/Paul G. Bahn 25. Crisis in Traditional Ideas About European Rock Art : The Questions of Diffusion and Convergence/Antonio Beltran 26. The Bull : Myth and Representation/Margarita Bru 27. Rock Art of the White Sea/Arsen Faradzhev 28. The ""Venus"" of Laussel in the Light of Ethnomusicology/Dirk Huyge 29. Finger Markings in Pech Merle and their Place in Prehistoric Art/Michel Lorblanchet 30. Rock Art in Soviet Eurasia/Miroslav Ksica 31. Post-Palaeolithic Painting in Western Alps/Dario Seglie, Piero Ricchiar Printed Pages: 572. NA


The Neolithic Origins

By Purushottam Singh

Agam kala Prakashan, 1989. First edition. Hardcover. New. 19 x 25 cm. The food gathering economy of the Paleolithic and Mesolithic stages of culture was gradually supplemented and eventually replaced by one of food production in the Neolithic stage, beginning at least by the eighth millennium B.C. in south western Asia. This biologically important change in human economy from hunting to farming and domestication of animals without the aid of metals was named the ‘Neolithic Revolution’ which laid the foundations of civilization. The centre of this ‘Revolution’ lay between 30’N and 40’N latitude stretching over a thousand miles from western Iran to Greece, including parts of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Anatolian plateau in Turkey. In this area wheat and barly grew wild, which led to the beginnings of agriculture; here too lived the wild ancestors of goats and sheep, which were first domesticated in the Middle East. However, this ‘Revolution’ was not confined to a particular period of time, its duration varied in different areas. The present monograph examines all these and other related issues based on the most up-to-date date on the subject. Printed Pages: 184. NA


Central Himalayas: An Archaeological, Linguistic and Cultural Synthesis

By D.P. Agarwal,J.S. Kharakwal

Aryan Books International, 1998. First edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 28 cm. This book on the Central Himalayas surveys the cultural and archaeological evidence in an inter-disciplinary perspective. Though a variety of interdisciplinary data have been used, the approach is holistic. The book is focused on Kumaun and Garhwal, yet it is related to the sub-continental framework with a global backdrop. The main emphasis has been on prehistory. This is the first systematic and scientific documentation of rock art and cup marks found in the region. It also deals with the megalithic problem and discusses the different types of megaliths found in the region. Through critical sifting of the data, the oldest megaliths/burials have been identified and some of them have been 14C dated.The ancient metal technological evidence has been thoroughly investigated and its role in supplying copper and iron to the Gangetic plains has been discussed. The archaeological and cultural data are interpreted in an ethnographic framework. Recent linguistic research has also been used to understand the Central Himalayan prehistory. Though the emphasis of the book is on prehistory, a chapter is devoted to historical archaeology, architecture and sculpture and iconography. Some important cultural symbols like Nanda have been discussed in their multiple forms and how much they mean to the local people. The cultural history of this region is brought right up to the modern times. The necessity and viability of the proposed state of Uttaranchal has also been discussed. The cultural scene is presented as a continuous process from the hoary past to a lofty future. CONTENTS: Prologue, Acknowledgements, List of Abbreviations, List of Tables, List of Figures, List of Plates, Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2.Prehistory : Rock Art and Cup-Marks Chapter 3. Megaliths and other Burials Chapter 4. Ancient Metal Technology and Mines Chapter 5. Tribes, Folk Culture and Language Chapter 6. Historical Period Chapter 7. From a Hoary Past to a Lofty Future, Glossary, Bibliography, Index Printed Pages: 214. NA


The Baghela Dynasty of Rewah

By Hirananda Shastri

Archaeological Survey of India, 1998. Hardcover. New. Table of Contents 1. Introductory remarks 2. Description of manuscript 3. Description of seals on manuscript 4. Genuineness of seals tested 5. Date and authorship of the poem (Virabhanudayakavyam) 6. Contents of the poem in order of cantos 7. Genealogy of the Baghela dynasty as given in the poem 8. Historical gleanings from the poem 9. Tansen the premier Musician of India 10. Concluding remarks Printed Pages: 0. NA


Andhra Culture: An Obscure Phase in the Early Historical Archaeology

By Dr. S. Rama Krishana Pisipaty

Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi, 2010. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. This book deals with an obscure cultural phase in the archaeological horizon of the Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of Vindhyan range during Early Historical Peirod in between the rivers Krishna and Godavari. The author carefully examines the entire archaeological material and other literary evidences and unambiguously identified an independent cultural horizon in between Early Iron Age Megalithic tribalism and popular dynastic rulers i.e. Satavahanas of the region, which is mingled with preceding or succeeding with preceding or succeeding cultural horizon till now. The significant cultural trait is termed as ‘Andhra Culture’. There is ample evidence to demonstrate that many of the later or even upto present-day cultural systems are rooted in the Andhra Culture. The purpose of this volume is to high light the hidden cultural phase of the region during Early Historical period i.m., between circa 400 BCE and CE 100 which is still not well known like the Gangatic region, the other part of India. The present study emphasizes on cultural evolution, culture process, technological developments, and so on traits which were not only prevailed hundreds of years in the region. Printed Pages: 296. Andhra Culture: An Obscure Phase in the Early Historical ArchaeologyDr. S. Rama Krishana Pisipaty9788173200977


History of Iron Technology in India: From Beginning to Pre-modern Times, (Infinity Foundation Series)

By Dilip K. Chakrabarti,Vibha Tripathi

Rupa & Co., 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. 19 x 25 cm. This book presents a comprehensive history of Iron Technology in India. It covers the long span of Indian history stretching over roughly three and a half millennia from the first half of the second millennium BCE to pre-modern times. One can trace the development of iron technology from the humble beginnings in a chalcolithic milieu followed by the technological evolution reaching the peaks of iron technology of the colossal structures of the Delhi Iron Pillar weighing several tons by early centuries of the Christian Era. The metallurgical expertise and the ingenuity of artisans find expression in the production of wootz steel swords with their intriguing rippling patterns. These swords and daggers were highly prized in the ancient world. They were marketed by the enterprising sailors of the Middle East at lucrative profits. The sword of Tipu Sultan is indeed a legend. The iron and steel industry in India was flourishing till the eighteenth-nineteenth century CE. The quality of the product was superior enough to be prized by the European world, viz. by the Dutch, the Spanish and the British up to pre-modern times. Iron produced at Tendukhera was imported by Britain to be used in bridges across Menai Strait and also in the London Bridge. However; one perceives a decline in traditional iron industry during the British period. Iron working could manage to survive till a few decades back among the ethnic societies who had been engaged in it for generations. The book incorporates results of a first-hand study of these traditional iron-workers, who may be termed as bearers of the legacy which had a glorious past but a very uncertain future. Printed Pages: 275. NA


Sanskrit Literature and Art Mirrors of Indian Culture

By C. Sivaramamurty

Archaeological Survey of India, 1999. Hardcover. New. Table of Contents List of Illustrations 1. Introductory 2. Salabhanjika 3. Ihamriga 4. Swan Frieze 5. Atlantes Caryatides 6. Stambhaputtalika or Damsels on Pillars 7. Chaitya-windows with Human Face Decoration 8. Purnaghata 9. Bird-decoration on Roof-line 10. Lakshmi on Doorway 11. Elephant Caryatides 12. Meru and Mandara Concept of Temples 13. Chaturmukha Aspect 14. Torana Decoration 15. Sankha and Padma 16. Kalpavalli 17. Vanadevata 18. Mithuna : Sringra-sambhoga, Vipralambha : i. Toilet and Decoration ii. Marks of Love iii. Pushpavachaya iv. Dohada v. Love Sports and Pastimes vi. Sringara Concept Even in Inanimate Objects vii. Love of the Lower Order 19. Feminine Beauty Standard 20. Masculine Beauty Standard 21. Apparel 22. Onraments-phalakaharas, Ekavali, etc. 23. Court-life 24. Dance and Karanas 25. Music and Musical Instruments 26. Lion and Elephant 27. Garuda and Naga 28. Fighting Elephants 29. Royal Hunter 30. Udaremukha 31. Padmanabha 32. Kamalasana 33. Charanakamala 34. Other Lotus-Motifs 35. Yupus and Horses 36. Virakkal 37. Satikkal 38. Pratimagriha 39. Chitrasala 40. Folk-art : i. Terracpttas ii. Yamapatas, etc. iii. Rangoli, etc. 41. Symbols and Symbolism 42. Expressions in Epigraphy Printed Pages: 132. NA


Bengal Miscellany. Vol.1

By Chittabrata Palit & Kabita Ray (Eds.)

B.R.Publishing Corporation, 2009. Hardcover. New. This is a collection of miscellaneous essays on various aspects of the history of Bengal ranging from economic transition, child marriage, missionary work, Tagore`s rural reconstruction programme on public health, his concept of education to Bengali Babus, indigenous fishing technologies and Manmohan Ghosh a political leader. It is a panorama of colonial history at a micro level which can be generalised for other regions of India. Printed Pages: 304. NA


The Marshall Albums: Photography and Archaeology

By Christopher Pinney,Michael Dodson,Robert Harding,Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd. & Alkazi Collection of Photography, 2010. First edition. Hardcover. New. Drawing on the photographic albums in the personal collection of Sir John Marshall, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of ndia from 902- 908, this volume is a study exploring multiple perceptions of ndian history and related scholarship produced through archaeological fieldwork during the colonial period. While maintaining focus on Marshall’s contributions to South Asian archaeology, the themes of the essays include the rise of archaeology as an authoritative element for historical scholarship during the 8th and 9th centuries, the preservation of monuments and historical landscapes, and the complex relationships between photography and archaeology. The book highlights major sites such as Sanchi, Sarnath, Mohenjodaro and Taxila-often referred to as Marshall’s archaeological triumphs. With over 00 illustrations and an extensive bibliography, this volume offers a detailed account of the investigative technique that developed into a commanding disciplinary science-archaeology-within British India. Printed Pages: 288. Marshall Albums: Photography and ArchaeologyChristopher Pinney,Michael Dodson,Robert Harding,Tapati Guha-Thakurta9788189995324


Archaeology and History: (Essays in Memory of Shri A. Ghosh), 2 Vols

By B.M. Pande

Agam kala Prakashan, 1987. First edition. Hardcover. New. 23 x 29 cm. Preface: The publication of this collection of essays, dedicated to the memory of Shri Amalananda Ghosh, should have brought some satisfaction to the Editors in that their long wait to see it printed is finally over. But to make public declaration of what is felt deep within, it has not done so. A long-cherished wish of the Editors was to present a volume of essays, written to felicitate him, to Shri Ghosh himself; the present volume does not fulfil that wish. What was intended as a festschrift can now only be offered to his memory. It is like an act of offering to an altar, devoid of the pleasant excitement which personal confact with Shri Ghosh always generated. In retrospect, Shri Ghosh himself, with his characteristic dry humour, seems to have prophesied what would happen to the original venture. He wrote, when the festschrift was in the stage of planning, to one of the Editors. It is news to me that my dear friends are planning a commemoration volume for me. Such volumes are the order of the day and it seems that my friends are determined to honour me with one so that I am not left ‘unwept, unhonoured and unsung’. I am deeply touched by their good wishes and sincerely thank them. At the time he wrote it, it seemed like an innocuous joke directed against himself. Now when hen is no more, the joke takes before us only the appearance of an ominous premonition which fate turned into a cruel reality in undue haste. To our contributors we not only owe sincere thanks but a word of apology as well. Most of them waited with remarkable patience to see the volume appear; that they chose to wait is a testimony to the respect with which they hold the memory of Shri Ghosh. As Editors of the volume, we feel overwhelmed by their response and their attitude toward the venture. There is no vaild excuse to offer for the delay in its publication; all that we can say is that it was just not possible to bring it out earlier. The Editors chose to take as little liberty with the contributions as possible except in the selection of the essays that have gone into the volume. The lack of uniformity in matteres like referencing would surely have irked Shri Ghosh who was a model Editor himself. We are aware of our lapses, but at the same time, feel that his footprints were too big, for our own size. We also apologize to the contributors and readers for the errors and omissions. We are most thankful to Dr. Agam Prasad of Agam Kala Prakashan for having come forward to undertake the publication of the volume. He has done this out of his fonness for the memory of Shri Ghosh and for the discipline Shri Ghosh so enriched with his contribution. We would also like to thank Shri Manjit Singh of the Nischal Priting Press for his dexterity in the printing of the volume. CONTRIBUTROS : A.N. Khana, A. Sundara, Ajay Mitra shastri, Arun K. Nag, Arundhati Banerjee, Ashok K. Ghosh, B.B. Lal, B.C. Deotare, B.D. Chattopadhyaya, B.K. Thapar, B.L. Nagarch, B.M. Pande, B.N. Mukherjee, B.P. Sinha, C.Margabandhu, Chitrarekha Gupta, D.K. Bhattacharya, D.P. Sharma, D.R. Das, Debala Mitra, Devendra Handa, Dilip K. Chakrabarti, E.C.L. During Caspers, G.N. Pant, G.S.Gaur, H. Sarkar, Himanshu Prabha Ray, I.K. Sarma, Jagat Pati Joshi, Jaweed Ashraf, Jose Pereire, K.C. Verma, K.D. Banerjee, K.M. Dikshit, K.R. Srinivasan, K.T. Hegde, Katy Feroze Dalal, Kiran Kumar Thaplyal, M.Bhattacharya, M.C. Joshi, M.K. Dwalikar, Madhuri Sharma, Maheshwar P. Joshi, Masatoshi A.Konishi, Nuzhat Kazami, P.Banerjee, Purushottam Singh, R.C. Agarwala, R.D. Trivedi, R.N. Mehta, R.N. Mishra, R.P. Sharma, R.S. Bisht, R. Sengupta, R.V. Joshi, Ranbir Chakrabarti, Romila Thapar, S.A.Sali, S.B. Deo, S.D. Trivedi, S.P. Gupta, S.P. Jain, S.P. Tewari, S.R. Rao, Shashi Asthana, Suman Pandya, T.N. Roy, Topdan, Umakant Premanand Shah, V.H. Sonawane, V.S. Wakankar, W.H. Sid Printed Pages: 846. Archaeology and History: (Essays in Memory of Shri A. Ghosh), 2 VolsB.M. Pande0000000000052


Vajrayana Buddhist Centres in South India

By Dr. B. Subranmanyam

Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. New. The glorious epoch in the history of Buddhism in India marked the efflorescence of culture in every aspect of life. The present book deals with one such aspect i.e. the rise of the Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism at various centres, particularly in South India. The author in this book made an attempt to trace the circumstances in which the Vajrayana school of philosophy took the reins of degenerated tenets of earlier orthodox schools of philosophy and made enquiries into various aspects that it contributed for the continuity of Buddhism as a religion upto the post-Vijayanagara times in South india. The present book Vajrayana Buddhist Centres in South India is the first of its kind which deals comprehensively with the history of Buddhism in south India and the concentration of Vajrayana Buddhist centres. The author places before scholars a dis-passionate account of the Vajrayana Buddhist centres, with their historical background and the emergence of various deities with the relevant sadhanas, besides the probable beginnings of Vajrayana Buddhism in South India. The book contains new interpretations, besides reporting fresh discoveries and particularly the various factors that prompted to the emergence of the concept of pancha Buddha or Panch Vira cult from the Brahmanical and Buddhist origins. The new theories cause a flutter among the scholars ad generate new thoughts on the subject. The acceptability or otherwise of the ideas putforth by the author is left with humility, to the scholarly world. CONTENTS: Foreword; Preface; List of Plates; 1. Introduction 2. Vajrayana Buddhist Centres : i. Andhra Pradesh ii. Tamilnadu iii. Pondicherry iv. Karnataka v. Kerala 3. Conclusion Printed Pages: 138. Vajrayana Buddhist Centres in South IndiaDr. B. Subranmanyam9788186050590


Copper and its Alloys in Ancient India

By Dilip K. Chakrabarti,Nayanjot Lahiri

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1996. First edition. Hardcover. New. 16 x 24 cm. This book offers a comprehensive discussion on the distribution of ores of copper and its alloys in the Indian subcontinent and critically reviews the related archaeological and metallurgical data, underscoring the tremendous richness and complexity of this tradition in early India. Summary: This volume undertakes a detailed study of the rich and continuing preindustrial tradition of Indian copper and copper-alloy metallurgy and unequivocally brings out its significance in understanding the ancient context. Printed Pages: 236. NA


Ecology and Archaeology of Kosal Region

By Pushp Lata Singh

Agam Kala Prakashan, 2011. Hardcover. New. The authoress in this monument, in-depth, highlights the palaeoecological perspectives of the Kosal region which accelerates and hinders the growth of archaeological personalities of the area horizontally and vertically through interdisciplinary investigations. How the habitat and biome as the twin foundations below the subsistence pattern of the area the explicitly linked human culture to environmental factor in a single system is the core area of this work which has been virgin field of writing in this area so far. How the micro and macro modifications of the natural environment affect the archaeological settlement-scenario of the past from time to time is the authoress’s significant aspect of the work. Printed Pages: 334. NA


Puratattva: Bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society No. 7 (1974)
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Puratattva: Bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society No. 7 (1974)

By B.K. Thapar

D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., 2005. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. AsNew. 23 x 29 cm. An annual bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society, has been offering for the last 33 years valuable informations, full with rich insights and innovative viewpoints, on the Indian archaeology that includes excavations, inscriptions, temples, mosques, iconic symbols, paintings, etc. This yearly bulletinis highly recommended for archaeologists, epigraphists, historians and research scholars besides the general readers having interest in such fields. Printed Pages: 118. NA


The Oxford Companion to Indian Archaeology: The Archaeological Foundations of Ancient India

By Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Oxford University Press, 2006. First edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 28 cm. A thematic, geographic, and temporal study, The Oxford Companion to Indian Archaeology offers a definitive introduction, area-by-area, phase-by-phase, to a whole range of archaeological data in the Indian subcontinent. Using a wide variety of sources ranging from earliest excavations to the most recent findings, this companion traces the archaeological scenario of the subcontinent, from the Stone Age to AD 13th century. Richly illustrated with photographs, figures, and maps, this volume will fill a long-felt lacuna in South Asian archaeological studies. Printed Pages: 586. NA


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