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Gupta Art: A Study from Aesthetic and Canonical Norms
ISBN Number : 81-7200-007-3
(Hardcover - June 1993)
In this book, the author has compiled epigraphy, archaeology, mythology, ethnology, numismatics, and literature (Pāli, Sanskrit and Prākṛt) of the Gupta period. The contents of the book include twelve chapters and seven appendices. Along with aesthetic concepts and canonical Gupta art forms, the author has described the art history of its predecessors and successors. She has focused on the artistic variables of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, their decorative motifs and symbols, temple-architecture, iconography, terracotta-art, textiles, costumes and hair styles. Ancient universities like Valabhi, Sarnath, Mathura, Nalanda, Ajanta and Taxila flourished during the Gupta Age and became world renowned. An attitude of harmony and tolerance toward each religion was cultivated. It was the period when ambassadors from China and other south east Asian countries arrived in India to learn the disciplines of fine art.
The author has consulted two hundred books, journals, indices, guides, manuscripts, and commemoration volumes to publish this magnanimous wealth of information. The author has touched all the art-forms flourishing during Gupta-period. It was the time when all the ancient universities were booming with art-activities. Even the literature and books on canonical-norms of all the art-forms were compiled. The use of Kama-sutra was the slogan of romanticism and the romantic works of great authors like Kālidāsa, Harṣa Māgha, etc flourished with the canons of poetics from Bharata to Jagannatha. It was the period where all religions contributed their art-form.
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