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The Monuments of Sanchi (3 Vols-Set)

John Marshall and Alfred Foucher

Published by Swati Publications, 1983
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Contents: Vol. I: I. The monuments/John Marshall: 1. History, ancient and modern. 2. The hill of Sanchi and its monuments. 3. The Great Stupa and Pillar of Asoka. 4. Other stupas, pillars and shrines on the main terrace. 5. The Southern Area. 6. Eastern Area. 7. The Second Stupa and neighbouring remains. II. The art of Sanchi/John Marshall: 8. Pre-historic and Mauryan art. 9. Sculptures of the Second Stupa at Sanchi, of Bharhut and Bodh-Gaya. 10. Sculptures on the gateways of the Great Stupa. 11. Gateway sculptures. 12. Some further characteristics of the gateway sculptures and the problem of foreign influence. 13. Tools and processes employed by the sculptors of Sanchi. III. The meaning of the sculptures/A. Foucher: 14. Interpretation of the bas-reliefs of the older Balustrades. 15. Interpretation of the gateway sculptures. 16. Interpretation of the gateway sculptures. 17. Statues and stele. IV. Inscriptions/N.G. Majumdar: 18. Classification, age, palaeography and language. 19. Inscription on the Asoka Pillar. 20. Inscriptions on the relic-boxes and caskets. 21. Votive inscriptions of stupas, 1, 2 and 3 temple 40 and other monuments. 22. Inscriptions of the Kushan, Gupta and later periods. Vol. II: Plate I - LXX. Vol. III: Plate LXXI - CXLI. "The Buddhist stupas and monuments on top of a low hill at Sanchi present a picturesque view from afar. The main stupa was built by Asoka Maurya who also erected a pillar here. Sanchi is also hallowed by another stupa which enshrined the mortal remains of Sariputta and Mogallana, two of the greatest propagators of the creed. From Asoka Maurya in the 3 century BC to the 13 century AD successive generations of ruling dynasties have made additions and alterations to the monuments, monasteries and temples here. Sanchi thus affords immense material evidence for a comprehensive study of the origin, development, flowering and decay of Buddhist art and architecture. The well-preserved and perfect stupas and other monuments bearing several figural and decorative carvings are at once most valuable and instructive for a study of early Buddhism in this region. Since its discovery in 1818 by General Taylor, several well-intentioned pioneers including Maisey, Cunningham and others have attempted to unravel the art treasures here. But it was Marshall in the first quarter of this century and Hamid in early thirties laid bare a larger area and exposed several complexes. The Monuments of Sanchi the magnum opus of Marshall and Foucher is the result of painstaking exposition of the monuments, their assessment and description--a signal service rendered to Indian culture in general and Buddhist art and architecture in particular. This monumental work by Marshall and Foucher is in three volumes; the first being texts and the rest plates. The first one is in four parts with Marshall dealing with the history of Sanchi, the description of monuments and discussing their sculptural wealth which offers an insight into the contemporary Indian culture, racial types, beliefs and superstitions, arms and armaments, musical instruments, etc. Foucher offers an interpretation of the sculptures and the complexity of iconography of the images. Majumdar has edited, translated and annotated the inscriptions found here. But the work of these great savants suffered from a serious handicap. It was bulky, large in size, clumsy and difficult to handle and stack. The present reprint, reduced to almost two-thirds of the original size without impairing in any manner its original quality and readability is extremely handy, occupies less space and hence easy to stack and retrieve. This would prove to be a real boon to students of Indology and Indian culture, art historians, critics and archaeologists as well." (jacket). Bookseller Inventory # 55491

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Title: The Monuments of Sanchi (3 Vols-Set)

Publisher: Swati Publications

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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