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SANCHI

SANCHI
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Item Code: IDD623
Author: M.K. DHAVALIKAR
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0195663136
Pages: 133(B & W Illus: 63)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.6"
About the Book:

The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi were built over a period of 1400 years, from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. Apart from the impressive stupas, this important site - visited by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims each year - includes magnificent carved gateways, a famed Ashokan pillar, and various monasteries and temples.

The book begins with a succinct overview of Sanchi's historical background, also tracing the life and works of the Buddha and the evolution of his religion. The author then takes the reader on a tour of the site, his erudite commentary highlighting the architectural and artistic significance of various features of the monuments. This detailed description is brought to life using numerous plans, maps and photographs, making the book invaluable to all visitors to Sanchi

Written by a leading expert in Indian archaeological history, this accessible and readable book will be welcomed by archaeologists and art historians, as well as general readers and informed tourists interested in India's most famous Buddhist monuments.

(Note: Jacket Photograph: Eastern Gateway, front, Shalabhanjika. Courtesy the author.)

About the Author:

M. K. Dhavalikar retired in Professor of Archaeology and Director of Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute, Pune. His many books include Ajanta: A Cultural Study (1974), Kailas-Ellora: Masterpieces of Rashtrakuta Art (1983) and Ellora (Monumental Legacy Series, OUP, 2002).

Contents

Acknowledgements

Illustrations

ONE: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

TWO: BUDDHISM

THREE: THE MONUMENTS

    The Great Stupa (Mahastupa)
    The Gateways (Toranas)
    The Ashokan Pillar
    Stupa 3
    Other Stupas
    Pillars
    Temples
    Retaining Wall
FOUR: EASTERN AREA
    Monasteries
    Buildings 49, 50, and 32
    Building 43
    Temple and Monastery 45
    Building 44
FIVE: SOUTHERN AREA
    Temple 40
    Monasteries 38, 36, and 37
    Building 8
SIX: WESTERN SLOPE
    Monastery
    Stupa
    Sculptures
    Tank
SEVEN: MUSEUM

Practical Information

Glossary

Further Reading

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