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Contents : 1. Unhinging Siva from the Indus Civilization. 2. Vedic Rudra-Siva. 3. Ritual as Icon in India. 4. Significance and Scope of Pre-Kusana Saivite Iconography. 5. Saiva Temple Forms: Loci of God’s Unfolding Body. 6. From Transcendency to Materiality: Para Siva, Sadasiva, and Mahesa in Indian Art. 7. Bhagavan Narayana: A Colossal Kusana Icon 8. Early Vaisnava Imagery: Caturvyuha and Variant Forms 9. Visvarupa Vyuha Avatara: Reappraisals Based on an Inscribed Bronze from the Northwest Dated to the Early 5th Century AD 10. A Unique Mathura Eight-armed Visnu of the 4th Century AD 11. Early Krsna Icons: The Case at Mathura. 12. Samkarsana/Balarama and the Mountain: A New Attribute 13. Royalty’s Courtesans and God’s Mortal Wives: Keepers of Culture in Precolonial India 14. The Mauryan Ganika from Didarganj (Pataliputra) 15. Monumental Naginis from Mathura 16. Mathura’s ‘Personality’ and the Development of Narrative Art
|Title||Listening to Icons Vol. 1|
|Author||Doris Meth Srinivasan|
|Pages||xvi+352, Illus. col. 4, b/w 171|
|Sub Title||Indian Iconographic and Iconological Studies|
This anthology represents papers most characteristic of the author’s investigative strengths and methods in the domains of Indian art history and Indology. The selected papers were published between 1979 and 2015. In numerous cases, the large time span covered by these papers has been brought up-to-date. New information reflects developments in the field or in the author’s thinking, and it is noted by an asterisk at the end of a given paper.
The sixteen papers in Volume I fall within four main themes: Saiva, Vaisnava, Secular and Folk Themes as well as Narrative Art. Within these broad categories, analyses and interpretations range across a wide spectrum: Indus Valley material, early sectarian sculpture, temple architecture, miniature paintings, Vedic ritual construction. Most of the topics treat the art in the context of the culture of the Indo-Gangetic Plains, that is, India above the Vindhya Mountains. The author’s studies on the arts beyond this region, comprising the arts from Gandhara, will form the contents of Volume II.
Some specific topics advanced in this volume are: the likely Vedic origin of Rudra-Siva; the meaning and significance of Saiva and Vaisnava icons with the multiplicity convention; Krsna’s Pre Puranic imagery from Mathura; a new attribute associated with Samkarsana/Balarama; the importance of courtesans in ancient India and a newly recognized statue of one beauty; icons attesting to ancient Snake cults; understanding the artistic consequences of Mathura’s emphasis on the oral transmission of sacred knowledge.
Scholars and students alike will be stimulated by the findings and methodology found in this volume.