On the Cusp of an Era: Art in the Pre-Kusaa??a World available in Hardcover
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South Asian religious art became codified during the Kuṣāṇa Period (ca. beginning of the 2nd to the mid 3rd century). Yet, to date, neither the chronology nor nature of Kuṣāṇa Art, marked by great diversity, is well understood. The Kuṣāṇa Empire was huge, stretching from Uzbekistan through northern India, and its multicultural artistic expressions became the fountainhead for much of South Asian Art. The premise of this book is that Kuṣāṇa Art achieves greater clarity through analyses of the arts and cultures of the Pre- Kuṣāṇa World, those lands becoming the Empire. Fourteen papers in this book by leading experts on regional topography and connective pathways; interregional, multicultural comparisons; art historical, archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and textual studies represent the first coordinated effort having this focus.
About the Author
Doris Meth Srinivasan is Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has published extensively on Hindu iconography, Western and local expressions in Gandharan art, plus the seminal Many Heads, Arms and Eyes. Origin, Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art (Brill, 1997).
Table of ContentsPre-Kusana Art: A New Concept Doris Meth Srinivasan 1
Pathways Between Gandhara and North India during Second Century B.C.-Second Century A.D. Saifur Rahman Dar 29
Passages to India: Saka and Kusana Migrations in Historical Contexts Jason Neelis 55
Numismatic Evidence for a Chronological Framework for Pre-Kaniskan Art, from Kalchayan to Gandhara David W. Mac Dowall 95
Acroliths from Bactria and Gandhara Osmund Bopearachchi 119
Barikot, An Indo-Greek Urban Center in Gandhara Pierfrancesco Callieri 133
The Artistic Center of Butkara I and Saidu Sharif I in the Pre-Kusana Period Domenico Faccenna 165
Kanjur Ashlar and Diaper Masonry. Two Building Phases in Taxila of the First Century A.D. Shoshin Kuwayama 201
Coinage from Iran to Gandhara - with special reference to divinities as coin types David W. Mac Dowall 233
Dynastic and Institutional Connections in the Pre-and Early Kusana Period: New Manuscript and Epigraphic Evidence Richard Salomon 267
Art, Beauty and the Business of Running a Buddhist Monastery in Early Northwest India Gregory Schopen 287
The Pre-Kusana and Early Kusana Levels at Sonkh Herbert Hartel 319
Monumental Naginis from Mathura Doris Meth Srinivasan 351
Close Encounters: Multicultural Systems in Ancient India Pia Brancaccio 385