ANCIENT ARTISTS AND ART-ACTIVITY

ANCIENT ARTISTS AND ART-ACTIVITY

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Item Code: IDG200
Author: R N MISRA
Publisher: Indian Institute Of Advanced Study, Shimla
Language: English
Edition: 1975
Pages: 87 (B & W Illus: 3)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 250 gm

About the Book:

The monograph documents, within a chronological framework, epigraphic data concerning the various categories of artisans, their qualifications, caste-characteristics, hierarchical set-up, and their active involvement in various crafts relating to sculptures and monuments. The regional distribution-pattern of artisans and their mobility, both physical and hierarchical, has also been briefly analysed.

In the light of the above, a plea has been made to evolve a model of study which could keep in view the critical factors concerning artisans and which may define properly the role of the practitioners of the craft vis-a-vis the canons of architecture and iconography. Such a model of study may be of great value in explaining the evolution of particular styles of sculptures, their various nuances and idioms, and their spread.

About the Author:

Dr. R. N. Misra has been teaching ancient Indian history and archaeology at the University of Saugar for over a decade. He has joined the Indian Institute Of Advanced Study as a Visiting Fellow in 1973 to study the Kalachuri sculptures of Khandesh and central India. Dr. Misra is the author of Bharhut (in Hindi) and a number of papers on Indian antiquity and art. His forthcoming book Yaksha Cult and Iconography is expected to be published shortly.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface v
1 ARTISTS AND THE EARLY-ACTIVITIES 1
  Artisans and their importance; the terms defining
artisans and craftsmen; Their crafts and their social
status; Coming up of a distinct class of stone-masons and
sculptors; Mauryan and the post-Mauryan phases;
Artists of the different regions; Artists organisations
and hierarchy: navakarmika, avesanin; The method
of artists work and their tools; Participation of various
classes in building-activity
 
2 ARTISTS AND THE ART-ACTIVITY DURING THE GUPTA
TIMES AND LATER
31
  The situation as now defined; Types of artists; Inscriptions
as a source of relevant information; Various
categories of artists; Sthapali, their qualifications and
responsibilities; Sutradhara, as builder;
His associates: Silpi, chitrakara, rupakara; The case of Palhana, the Chandella artist; Artists' guilds; Families
and pedigree; Cases where the elaborate building-
activity ignores the role of Sutradharas; Participants in
the building-activity; Region and dynasty-wise distribution
pattern of artists and the sutradharas
 
3 ARTISTS AS DEPICTED IN RELIEFS 76
  Appendix 79
  Bibliography 81
  Index 85

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