The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan. Cynthia Packert Atherton.

The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan

Brill Academic Publishers. 8.75 x 11.75", 130 pp. plus 170 b/w plates, bibliography, index, cloth, d.j., Leiden, 1997. Item #4974
ISBN: 9004107894

Rajasthan was the homeland of the Gurjara Pratiharas, one of the most powerful dynasties in northern India, and many important temples were produced during their brief tenure there. While these monuments provide rich sources of information about iconographic preferences and artistic styles, this book argues that they further provide important, and overlooked, clues to Rajasthan's charged early political history.

In analyzing sculptural style and iconographic programs within chronological and regional parameters, the book proposes that Gurjara Pratihara presence in Rajasthan was energizing but disruptive, particularly to dominant religious and stylistic patterns in the region.

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