By Alexandra Van Der Geer
The paintings historical past of South Asian covers a time span of approximately 4 and a part thousand years. in this interval, an unlimited variety of animal stone sculptures has been produced, starting from the pre-historic interval until eventually at the present time and masking an outstanding number of motifs and imagery in numerous areas and spiritual traditions. however, the variety of reports dedicated to those animal sculptures has remained super constrained. the current ebook goals at filling this information hole. With this richly illustrated booklet, the 1st of its type, Van der Geer deals a comparative learn of the ways that quite a few animals were depicted and a lucid research of the sculptors' therapy in their "models": residing animals. The artwork historical past of sculptured animals is contextualized with an outline of using animals as should be learn from historic texts, archaeological facts and contemporaneous tradition. In doing so, parallels in addition to alterations well-liked or iconography are highlighted, elucidating the range of animal depictions throughout areas, non secular contexts and during time. The corpus of mentioned fabric levels from Indus seals, stupa panels and railings, enormous temples from North and South India, non-religious palace and citadel structure to unfastened sculptures in museum collections.
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Photograph: A. van der Geer 416. Lion series as decoration on the plinth of the Kedareshvara temple, Halebid, Karnataka, c. 1219, soapstone. Photograph: Gerard Foekema, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 417. Royal emblem of Raja Prithvi Singh on the Hanuman temple, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, mid-17th century. Photograph: liv 418. 419. 420. 421. 422. 423. 424. 425. 426. 427. list of figures Hermann Goetz, 1939–1947, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands Detail of Maitreya’s pedestal from Kharki, Greater Gandhara, Pakistan, 1st–3rd century, grey schist.
Photograph: courtesy Neil Better 472. Hanuman Goes To Battle. Pillar at the Shrirangam temple complex, Tamil Nadu, late 16th century. Photograph: courtesy Byron Aihara 473. Statue of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita from Ganeshpur, Bangladesh, 10th–12th century, basalt. Varendra Research Museum, 1526, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Photograph: ASI, 1934–1935, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 474. Three friezes with Ramayana episodes. Amriteshvara temple, Amritapura, Karnataka, c. 1196, granite. Above: Rama Blesses Hanuman, south side of the main hall.
Steatite. National Museum, DK 6847, Karachi. Photograph: ASI DGA 1928–1929, 620, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 206. Unidentified scene with a goat and several human figures. Mohenjodaro, Pakistan, c. , steatite. National Museum, New Delhi. Photography © The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 207. –2nd century, limestone. Government Museum, Chennai. Photograph: Musée Guimet, Paris, 62609, 1900–1920, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands xxxiv list of figures The sambar deer 208.