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THE STEPSWELLS OF GUJARAT: In Art-Historical Perspective
THE STEPSWELLS OF GUJARAT: In Art-Historical Perspective
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About the Book

This monograph is a thorough scrutiny of the characteristic features, history, evolution, typology, style and iconography of stepwells of Gujarat, a unique form of underground water-architecture which survives in this region from the 7th century onwards.

After discussing the characteristic architectural features, the stepwells are studied in the background of not only Western Indian architecture and of water-monuments I general ,but also in view of silpa sastra, the traditional Sanskrit texts on architecture. Subsequently a historical chronology and the identification of architectural types have been established with the help of archaeological and literary sources as well as direct study of art-historical and architectural aspects of the stepwells. Finally the iconography of gods and goddesses peculiar to water-monuments and the ritual implication have been discussed. The book is invaluable, as it brings out for the first time hitherto unknown aspects of ancient Indian architecture with more than 300 illustration and large scale drawings of plans and sections of five most typical stepwells.

About the Author

Dr. Jutta Jain Neubauer was born in Austria in 1951. After spending initial 14 years in Indonesia and Afghanistan, she returned to West Germany in 1965. Later on took up studies in Indology and Indian Art History at the Universities of Marburg, Heidelberg and Bonn, to conclude her studies with a PhD degree in 1978. Between 1976 and 1978 she conducted prolonged field-work and research in Western India to study the history of architecture, especially the water-monuments, of Gujarat, sponsored by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Government of India, under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Dr. Jain-Neubauer is the author of Ramayana Miniatures in Pahari Painting and has published several research papers. She has also co-edited Rajput Art and Architecture along with Prof. Dr. Hermann Goetz. A present she is working on the painted bookcovers and manuscript illustrations at the L.D. Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad).

CONTENTS
Preface ix
INTRODUCTION xi
1. The Area of Gujarat xi
2. Distribution of stepwells in Gujarat and other areas xii
3. Chronological outline of architectural activities in the Gujarat area xiii
I CHARACTERISTICS OF A STEPWELL 1
1. The term 1
2. The various types of well-monuments 1
3. The main architectural elements in a stepwell 2
4. Location of a stepwell 3
5. The function and use of a stepwell 3
6. The stepwell as a shrine 5
II INSCRIPTIONS AND SILPA-TEXTS ON VAPI 10
III CHRONOLOGY OF THE STEPWELLS BASED ON INSCRIPTIONAL, HISTRORICAL AND STYLISTIC EVIDENCE 19
IV THE FIVE MAIN TYPES 25
A. Basic architectural features 25
B. Description of the monuments 28
V RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR SCULPTURE IN STEPWELLS 69
A. Religious sculpture 69
B. Secular sculpture 74
C. Stepwell in Jaina Mythology 75
Appendix 1 77
Appendix 2 78
Appendix 3 79
Appendix 4 80
Glossary 81
Legends to Illustrations 88
Bibliography 102
Footnotes 107
Index 113
Drawings, Nos. 1-6, Illustrations, Nos. 1-245 and Plans I-VI 115

THE STEPSWELLS OF GUJARAT: In Art-Historical Perspective

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This monograph is a thorough scrutiny of the characteristic features, history, evolution, typology, style and iconography of stepwells of Gujarat, a unique form of underground water-architecture which survives in this region from the 7th century onwards.

After discussing the characteristic architectural features, the stepwells are studied in the background of not only Western Indian architecture and of water-monuments I general ,but also in view of silpa sastra, the traditional Sanskrit texts on architecture. Subsequently a historical chronology and the identification of architectural types have been established with the help of archaeological and literary sources as well as direct study of art-historical and architectural aspects of the stepwells. Finally the iconography of gods and goddesses peculiar to water-monuments and the ritual implication have been discussed. The book is invaluable, as it brings out for the first time hitherto unknown aspects of ancient Indian architecture with more than 300 illustration and large scale drawings of plans and sections of five most typical stepwells.

About the Author

Dr. Jutta Jain Neubauer was born in Austria in 1951. After spending initial 14 years in Indonesia and Afghanistan, she returned to West Germany in 1965. Later on took up studies in Indology and Indian Art History at the Universities of Marburg, Heidelberg and Bonn, to conclude her studies with a PhD degree in 1978. Between 1976 and 1978 she conducted prolonged field-work and research in Western India to study the history of architecture, especially the water-monuments, of Gujarat, sponsored by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Government of India, under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Dr. Jain-Neubauer is the author of Ramayana Miniatures in Pahari Painting and has published several research papers. She has also co-edited Rajput Art and Architecture along with Prof. Dr. Hermann Goetz. A present she is working on the painted bookcovers and manuscript illustrations at the L.D. Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad).

CONTENTS
Preface ix
INTRODUCTION xi
1. The Area of Gujarat xi
2. Distribution of stepwells in Gujarat and other areas xii
3. Chronological outline of architectural activities in the Gujarat area xiii
I CHARACTERISTICS OF A STEPWELL 1
1. The term 1
2. The various types of well-monuments 1
3. The main architectural elements in a stepwell 2
4. Location of a stepwell 3
5. The function and use of a stepwell 3
6. The stepwell as a shrine 5
II INSCRIPTIONS AND SILPA-TEXTS ON VAPI 10
III CHRONOLOGY OF THE STEPWELLS BASED ON INSCRIPTIONAL, HISTRORICAL AND STYLISTIC EVIDENCE 19
IV THE FIVE MAIN TYPES 25
A. Basic architectural features 25
B. Description of the monuments 28
V RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR SCULPTURE IN STEPWELLS 69
A. Religious sculpture 69
B. Secular sculpture 74
C. Stepwell in Jaina Mythology 75
Appendix 1 77
Appendix 2 78
Appendix 3 79
Appendix 4 80
Glossary 81
Legends to Illustrations 88
Bibliography 102
Footnotes 107
Index 113
Drawings, Nos. 1-6, Illustrations, Nos. 1-245 and Plans I-VI 115
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